“Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” Declared

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Guam – As a way to honor victims and commend law enforcement officials, public safety officers, and advocacy groups, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo proclaimed January 2011 to be “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”

[ Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas, and U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands Alicia Limtiaco watch Governor Eddie Baza Calvo sign a proclamation declaring January 2011 as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”]

Governor Calvo was joined by Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, who oversees public safety.  Lt. Governor Tenorio countersigned the proclamation.  Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas,  U.S. Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands Alicia Limtiaco, and various victim advocacy groups were also on hand to support the proclamation.

“Year after year, too many women and children are physically and emotionally abused.  Too often, people are assigned a value, sold, and traded―taking away the priceless beauty of the human spirit.  Fear and intimidation replace love and care more than it should,” the proclamation states.