Wear blue for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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Some things are just synonymous with North Carolina: barbecue, college basketball, human trafficking — wait a minute.

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Sadly, the latter is not a typing error on my part. It turns out that the major highways that crisscross North Carolina, as well as the state's relatively high level of agricultural activity, make this area attractive to those in the business of trafficking in humans. North Carolina, in fact, ranks No. 8 in the nation in prevalence of human trafficking.

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What can you do about it? Turns out today, Jan. 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and the Charlotte Human Trafficking Task Force will hold a press conference and issue a proclamation to commemorate the day. The event is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St. For a full list of speakers and topics, go here.

Those in attendance are encouraged to wear navy blue to show their solidarity.

Later, the documentary Very Young Girls will be screened at the After Hours Room in Cone Center at UNCC. Following the screening, a panel of speakers, including Charity Magnuson (NC Stop Human Trafficking), Emily Fitchpatrick (On Eagles Wings, Hope House), Sandra Johnson (Triad Ladder of Hope), will discuss the issue.

Click here for more information.

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