OAG: Human Trafficking Task Force launches ‘Stop the Evil’ campaign

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The Human Trafficking Task Force, led by the Office of the Attorney General, has launched an educational campaign about the different types of human trafficking that plague the island.

Focusing on sex trafficking and labor trafficking, the task force developed a series of graphics that will be dispersed to news outlets, agencies, and on social media encouraging the community to “Stop the Evil” and to file a report if they suspect human trafficking. Since human trafficking has regional and international impacts, the Task Force plans to release the materials in multiple languages commonly spoken in the region.

The Task Force has also announced that (with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security) concerned residents can call (671) 475-0400 to provide anonymous tips related to human trafficking. The hotline is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

In addition to increased awareness and outreach, the Task Force will be working to identify gaps in services provided to victims of human trafficking, establishing a coordinated approach among stakeholders, and providing training to service-providers, regulatory officers and law enforcement personnel.

As part of Human Trafficking Awareness month, there are human trafficking outreach events happening.

Activities to highlight Human Trafficking Awareness Month include:

• Awareness Fair at the Micronesia Mall on Saturday, January 18, 2020,10am-2 pm. The proclamation signing is scheduled for 11:30 am followed immediately by the Legislative Resolution.

• Fanohge Famalao’an Women’s March from Paseo Loop to Women of Islands Statue at Alupang Park on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 3:30 pm.

The Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of the following agencies and organizations: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Office of the Attorney General; Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, Healing Hearts Crisis Center; Guam Bureau of Women’s Affairs; Guam Coalition against Sexual Assault and Family Violence; Guam Department of Labor; Department of Public Health and Social Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, and Community Health Centers; Guam Homeland Security; Guam Police Department; Guam Office of the Attorney General; US Department of Labor; the Governor’s Community Outreach- Federal Programs Office; U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands; and Victim Advocates Reaching Out.

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