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Anna Sylvester (owner of Art-Y Facts) with her Human Trafficking Awareness display window.

ROSCOMMON- January was Human Trafficking Awareness month.  To support Human Trafficking Awareness, a window was set up at Art-Y-Facts in downtown Roscommon.

Human Trafficking happens everywhere, even in our community. There are many myths about human trafficking but here are some human trafficking facts.

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery.  It is widespread throughout the United States.

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Deb Williams showing support for Human Trafficking Awareness month.
  • Human Trafficking is not a choice.  A person does not choose to be enslaved.  Victims want to escape but cannot.
  • Human trafficking is a $150 billion global industry.
  • Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to the drug industry. You can only sell a package of cocaine once.  You can sell a girl or boy repeatedly.
  • Force, fraud, and coercion are methods used by traffickers to press victims into lives of slavery and abuse.
  • Every minute two children become victims of sexual exploitation. Two out of every three victims are female.
  • Michigan has one of the highest rates of child trafficking as well as one of the highest overall rates for all human trafficking in the nation.

    If you see something, say something! Call 911 or the Human Trafficking hotline-1-888-373-7888. For more information contact The Polaris Project at http://www.polarisproject.org

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