Effort to increase awareness of Human Trafficking takes to the streets of King County
Throughout King County and Western Washington, awareness of the impact of human trafficking and how to combat it are increasing.
Thanks to a partnership involving the cities of Seattle and Kent and Clear Channel Outdoor and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, there are now billboards letting people know how they can help end this modern-day form of slavery.
On January 30, I was in both Seattle and Kent when these billboards were unveiled. They advertise a national hotline and messaging aimed at reaching out to victims, potential victims, and the public about where to turn for help.
I can’t thank Clear Channel enough for all of their cooperation in this awareness campaign; they have been integral to the success of this process. This issue isn’t going away and I am pleased we are taking steps to alert the public about the horrors of human trafficking and where help is available to victims.
Clear Channel Outdoor has donated space on both traditional and electronic billboards from Tacoma all the way to Bellingham.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has also pledged to run over 400 Public Service Announcements to support this awareness campaign which are scheduled to air over the next year on KUBE 93.3 FM, 106.1 KISS FM, KJR 95.7 FM, The Brew 104.9 FM, Sports Radio 950 KJR AM, and KHHO 850 AM.
This new campaign follows my announcement on January 11th that, in response to a motion I sponsored, King County was launching a countywide campaign to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking with ads on 200 Metro busses, public service announcements, and plans for better training of key County employees to better recognize and respond to these awful crimes.
A report from 2008 estimated that there are 300-500 children per year being sexually exploited in King County alone. We must put a stop to this despicable practice.
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