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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and in Lincoln County there are organizations that are collecting *New* clothes for trafficking victims benefitting the Children's Advocacy Center of Lincoln County and My Sisters' Place until Jan. 31st. Donation boxes are located in both ends of the county at the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce as well as Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. Clothing items needed are teen and adult sized undergarments, sweats, hoodies, leggings, socks, etc.

Recognizing what human trafficking looks like and knowing it is happening are the first steps in bringing it to an end. Our many ODOT employees on Oregon roads and transit systems know the signs and are there to help. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that more than 27 million people are trafficked against their will and forced into labor and prostitution around the world. This week, as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative event, our Commerce and Compliance Division safety inspectors, motor carrier enforcement officers, and law enforcement partners will distribute information to truck drivers.

There are things you can do to help prevent trafficking:

  • Jan. 12, 2023, 9:30 a.m., the Oregon Department of Justice human trafficking intervention advisory committee is sponsoring a networking event on Zoom. View more information from the Oregon Department of Justice regarding human trafficking.

  • Learn more at the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • Visit the Truckers Against Trafficking website. This nonprofit “is raising up a mobile army of transportation professionals to assist law enforcement in the recognition and reporting of human trafficking, in order to aid in the recovery of victims and the arrest of their perpetrators.”

In 2020, ODOT Director Kris Strickler signed the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge. This pledge calls on transportation industry leaders to work together to end human trafficking by raising public awareness, sharing data, and educating employees to recognize the signs. Each of us can get involved in many ways, but the most important thing we can do is educate ourselves about the problem.

If you see something or are concerned about a change in behavior of someone you know, get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 1-888-373-7888. This national toll-free hotline answers calls from anywhere in the country, any time of day. The hotline is operated by a nongovernmental organization. You can also text HELP or INFO to 233733 (BEFREE). If someone is in immediate danger – call 911.

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