C-TRAN is supporting National Human Trafficking Awareness Month this January by putting up posters across our fleet so that victims of trafficking can learn how to access help. The National Human Trafficking Hotline received more than 22,000 calls in 2019 alone–and they believe that this is only a fraction of the people who are being exploited in America.
“Not Alone” is a national human trafficking awareness campaign designed to help people who are being trafficked recognize that there are resources for them to seek help. Help might look like a referral to a local social services agency, a connection to law enforcement or simply a confidential and validating conversation.
The Not Alone campaign was created by the Seattle-based nonprofit BEST (Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking). BEST worked closely with survivors of trafficking to create posters that would catch the attention of someone who was being harmed, even if they only had a few seconds to look at it before moving on. These posters will be displayed on all C-TRAN buses in January.
“We believe that everyone who uses public transportation should be traveling freely and safely,” said C-TRAN Chief Executive Officer Shawn M. Donaghy. “That’s why C-TRAN is taking this extra step to raise awareness of these resources and help that is available to people who are being forced into dangerous situations.”
In 2019, Washington had the eighth-highest call volume on the National Human Trafficking Hotline of all U.S. states. Trafficking is an issue everywhere, including Clark County. The number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888 or those in need can text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733.
For more information, visit bestalliance.org.