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Freedom Center programs combat human trafficking in January

MEDIA CONTACT: Cody Hefner (513) 608-5777,

Virtual programs encourage awareness and action
CINCINNATI – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is shining a spotlight on the risks and horrors of human trafficking and modern slavery during January. Through a series of programs, the Freedom Center is hoping to better educate people and encourage ways to fight back, from the coffee you drink and the clothes you wear to the importance of vigilance.
In 2010, President Barack Obama established January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to highlight this global problem, including in the United States. In 2019, data from the Polaris Project documented 22,326 victims and survivors of human trafficking, but the numbers may be much higher. Calls to Polaris’s trafficking hotline increased 19% from 2018 to 2019 with over 4,300 calls in 2019. The I-75 corridor, including southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky, consistently reports some of the nation’s highest numbers of human trafficking. Some of the best steps in preventing and ending human trafficking are education about the risks and awareness to spot the signs of trafficking.

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