In December 2016, a Presidential Proclamation designated every January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, in order to increase awareness about the issue of human trafficking. At The Set Me Free Project, we know that in order to keep our youth and communities safe we need more than awareness, we need education.
Awareness means knowing that human trafficking is modern day slavery.
Education means learning and understanding that sex trafficking is a person using force, fraud, or coercion to make another person engage in commercial sex acts against their will.
Awareness means knowing that traffickers “groom” their victims. Education means learning and understanding that grooming is a process, with identifiable steps, that traffickers use to gain physical and mental control over their victims.
Awareness means knowing that thousands of people are trafficked every year in the United States. Education means learning and understanding that those people come from all walks of life, from every race, age, religion, and socio-economic status. Anyone has the potential to become a victim of sex trafficking, and our youth must know that they are at risk – and how to keep themselves safe! Every January, you will find The Set Me Free Project honoring National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by doing what we do year-round: going beyond awareness, to educate every member of our community and prevent anyone from ever becoming a victim of trafficking.