Posters providing information and resources for victims of human trafficking to access help will appear across all of C-Tran’s fleet starting this month, which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
The on-board posters will be displayed for just the month of January, but similar channel cards displayed above the seats inside the buses will also be installed and remain on a semi-permanent basis.
In 2021, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received more than 50,000 signals — a number that includes calls, texts, online chats and tips. Nearly 1,000 contacts were received from Washington, C-Tran said in a press release. Advocates believe those numbers represent only a fraction of the people who are being exploited in America.
“This small step can make a big difference to raise awareness of the resources that are available to people who are being forced into dangerous situations,” C-Tran’s Chief Executive Officer Shawn Donaghy said.
If you need help, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733. There are numerous regional organizations that provide support to trafficking victims, including Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking, also known as BEST, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization. More information is available at https://www.bestalliance.org/.