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Govenor's Office of Community Programs to host State Wide Human Trafficking Awareness Symposium

Govenor's Office of Community Programs to host State Wide Human Trafficking Awareness Symposium

Last year, over 447 people in Louisiana were recorded being Sex trafficked, and the number continues to grow. To increase awareness about sex trafficking in the state of Louisiana, the Governor’s Office of Community Programs is sponsoring a A State Wide Human Trafficking Awareness Symposium at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) on Wednesday, September 20.
The Executive Director, Dana Hunter talked about the importance of this event in Baton Rouge. “In two years, 200 of the people who were being trafficked were under the age of 18. It’s going on right under people’s noses, and the citizens of Baton Rouge needs to know the dangers.”
Governor John Bel Edwards and his wife have been investigating sex trafficking and have supported the legislation SB42 (which is now Act 181), which passed at the last legislative advisory board. This bill will allow legislators, state agencies, police, service providers, and advocates to do a comprehensive analysis of victims. This will also allow them to see what needs to happen in schools with the students who are sex trafficked.
The event at BRCC will have survivors speak about their testimonials, services that are available to sex trafficking victims offered, and how to treat them. There will be a local expert who will do a 40 minute training of the signs of the psychological tactics that pimps use against the girls.
The purpose of this event, Hunter says, is to “wrap their arms around the victims ,and show that there are people who care about them.” A lot of people misjudge these people who are labeled as prostitutes, and are thrown in juvenile detention centers without doing an analysis of some of the people.
Here are some signs Hunter shared people should look out for if they believe someone is sex trafficked:
1. The person avoids eye contact
2. The person has poor physical health or lacks healthcare
3. They are fearful and/or anxious
4. Have evidence of physical/sexual abuse
5. Has few possessions
6. Do not have a sense of time
7. Isn’t in control of their own money
8. Are not allowed to speak for themselves
9. Lack of knowledge of whereabouts
10. Inconsistency with their stories
The symposium is free and open to everyone to attend, and will be held in BRCC’s Magnolia Theater.

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