Committee endorses human trafficking awareness campaign

July 10, 2012

By Staff

King County Council members, led by Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn, recommended a proposal June 27 to educate the public about human trafficking.

The motion unanimously passed by the Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee calls on the county executive to embark on a public awareness campaign.

The measure heads to the full council for consideration.

Under federal law, human trafficking includes children involved in the commercial sex trade, adults 18 and older coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services” — such as domestic workers held in a home or farmworkers forced into work.

“We know that educating the public on what human trafficking is, how the public can make a difference and getting information to trafficking victims on where to turn for help works,” Dunn, the motion’s lead sponsor, said in a statement issued after the committee decision.

Officials estimate 300 and 500 children could be bought and sold in King County in 2012.

“One of the most effective weapons against human trafficking is information,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert — Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee chairwoman and the Issaquah representative — said in a statement.

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