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National Slavery And Human Trafficking Prevention Month "TOGETHER WE CAN LAUNCH A WAVE OF AWARENESS"

In January, people are urged to "wear blue" in support of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month; Blue Water Transit Employees wear this color daily. Our employees are the eyes and the ears of the community, servicing over 104.15 sq. miles of the Blue Water Area.

BWAT employees understand their pertinent place in the community and don't hesitate to make a call to help when help is observed to be needed: a dog running down the street without it's owner, an unsupervised child riding their bike too close to traffic, a power line down or a tree limb that has fallen into the road- they make the call.

That said, it's never too redundant to re-educate our employees, riders, and community members on the "Red Flags" of Slavery and Human Trafficking. Please take a moment to surf through the provided links, articles and videos. The more we learn, the more we know.

According to a local expert, our community is a hotspot for Human Trafficking crimes- particularly because of our location to an International Border and two Interstates and high drug crime troubles. Why is this important for public transit, such as BWATC?

Locations of Human Trafficking Situations in 2019:
In 2018, Polaris—the organization that runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the United States —conducted a series of surveys and focus groups with survivors of trafficking and found that 42 percent of survivors stated that they or their traffickers utilized local or long distance buses in the facilitation of their exploitation. When victims are able to get out, a transit center or bus station may be the first place they will go to find safety or escape. During this exit stage, transit can be a lifeline to survivors in need. 26 percent of the survivors who participated in Polaris’ study said that public or mass transportation played a role in at least one exit attempt, with buses being the most frequent method reported. In those moments when victims are highly vulnerable to getting lured back, coming into contact with someone who is caring and knowledgeable can make all the difference-- Transit on the Lookout to Combat Human Trafficking

Busing On The Lookout "Has an App for That"

BOLT (Busing On The Lookout), a branch of TAT (Truckers Against Trafficking), is a great resource for Public Transit Employees. Not only do they have a free certification program, but they also have an easy to use App! The Busing On The Lookout App quickly puts you in contact with the National Human Trafficking Hotline by the touch of a button: Call, Text, or email a report anonymously.

The Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases

"STOLEN: A Year-long Investigation Into Child Sex Trafficking & Exploitation" is brought to you by NBC 7. This 7 part documentary ends with a final episode, "Keep the Conversation Going"; And that is what we intend to do.

"NBC 7 debuts “STOLEN,” a riveting documentary series about the sex trafficking of children in San Diego County. Told from the perspective of victims, survivors, pimps, and customers, “STOLEN” also celebrates the strength of survivors and their families, as they struggle – often with success -- to break the bonds of sex trafficking"
You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know-- William Wilberforce

Educate. Observe. Make the Call.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline: Call 1-888-373-7888 or Text "BEFREE"

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Created with images by sammisreachers - "prison prisoner slavery" • Cianna - "boy bicycle bike" • JESHOOTS-com - "iphone smartphone apps"