Leaders call for awareness campaign on human trafficking

June 26, 2012

By Staff

King County Council members called May 29 for a public awareness campaign to educate citizens about human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Officials said human trafficking is among the fastest-growing criminal industries around the globe and a serious problem for law enforcement agencies in King County.

The proposed motion from the council calls on County Executive Dow Constantine to embark on a public awareness campaign and support efforts using King County Metro Transit public service advertising resources to help educate the public.

Officials estimate between 300 and 500 children could be bought and sold in King County in 2012. Washington is a focal point for human traffickers due to the abundance of ports, proximity to the border between the United States and Canada, and a dependency on agricultural workers.

The motion calls for the use of transit resources, such as public service advertising on buses, and for the county to examine placing information on county Internet sites and other county resources.

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