January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human Trafficking (HT) is a crime where force, fraud, or coercion is used to lure a person to perform labor, services, or commercial sex acts. HT is a public health crisis and social justice issue as this crime disproportionately affects children and young adults, especially those experiencing vulnerable circumstances such as poverty and homelessness.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has installed signs inside all public and ramp-side restrooms within the terminals of San Diego International Airport (SAN) to help provide awareness and resource information for those experiencing exploitation. The Airport Authority has also hosted HT training for airport employees so they can recognize the signs of HT and call for help. If you suspect someone is being trafficked, do not intervene. Instead, call 888.373.7888, text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733), or live chat (humantraffickinghotline.org)
We can make a difference by being vigilant and recognizing the signs of HT.