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Hidalgo County DA recognizes National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

EDINBURG – In an effort to raise awareness about national human trafficking, The Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is encouraging everyone to participate in “Wear Blue Day” on Jan. 11. The Wear Blue Day campaign signifies that you stand against human trafficking by wearing blue. The District

The District Attorney’s Office will also sponsor and present a proclamation declaring January 2021 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month at Commissioners Court on Tuesday, January 12 at 10 a.m., and can be watched here.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo & Starr Counties and other agencies who are detrimental in raising awareness against human trafficking will join the DA during the presentation of the proclamation.

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month was first proclaimed in 2016 to call attention to the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking that still occurs in too many places around the world, including in the United States.

“Our primary goal is protecting the community,” said Rodriguez. “We urge all residents to educate themselves and call attention to the injustice of human trafficking so we can all work together along with members of the Rio Grande Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force to help put an end to this modern form of slavery.”

The Task Force is comprised of federal, state, regional, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, victim service agencies, and social service providers in Hidalgo County.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits children, women and men into forced labor and sexual exploitation. Human trafficking happens when one person is controlled through violence, deception or coercion in situations of commercial sex, forced labor, or domestic servitude. It can happen in any community and victims can be of any age, race, gender or nationality.

Language barriers, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime. To report suspected human trafficking to Federal law enforcement, please call 1-866-347-2423. To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, please call 1-888-373- 7888.

Press release courtesy of Hidalgo County.

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