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County declares January 2017 as "Human Trafficking Awareness Month"

Post Date: 
Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:30am

P R O C L A M A T I O N
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH IN DOUGLAS COUNTY
JANUARY 2017

 

WHEREAS, human trafficking, a modern form of slavery, is one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal industries in the world. It is based on recruiting, harboring and transporting people for the purpose of exploitation; and
WHEREAS, millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including here in Lawrence, are subject to modern-day slavery: the cruel, inhumane practice of human trafficking; and
WHEREAS, sex trafficking and labor trafficking occur in Kansas and both adults and children of any gender, socio-economic status, age, race, sexual orientation, or geographic location can become victimized; and
WHEREAS, human trafficking includes sexual, verbal, emotional, economic, and physical abuse and exploitation, and all forms of abuse carry long-term complex trauma implications; and
WHEREAS, Kansas human trafficking laws define commercial exploitation of children, which does not require a showing of force, fraud, threat or coercion and references the existing statutory definition of human trafficking and aggravated human trafficking; and
WHEREAS, the effects of human trafficking reach for beyond its victims and perpetrators, causing disruption in our schools, places of work, and neighborhoods; and
NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of County Commissioners of Lawrence, Kansas, proclaims the month of January 2017 as
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH

and urges all its citizens to speak out against sex and labor trafficking and exploitation, to support survivors of these heinous crimes, to encourage community leaders to hold offenders accountable, and to make preventable efforts a priority by hosting events, by creating policies at work, school, and home, and by supporting and participating in programs designed to reduce and eventually eliminate human trafficking as a societal problem

ADOPTED this 14th day of December 2016.