Thursday is World Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Sequoyah County local organizers have planned an event designed to bring awareness to the problem and provide parents with support to protect their children.
The event will be hosted by Stacie Rogers and Sarah Neal and will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Stanley W. Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw. Organizers urge folks to come out and support the cause.
“We want to get the word out” about the prevalence of human trafficking and how to keep your children safe, said Christen Gerrid. “A high number of people don’t know how to protect their children (especially on social media),” she said. “People who are preying on kids on social media are always watching,” she noted before adding a scary statistic: “Every 30 seconds a child goes missing.”
Gerrid also noted that Sallisaw’s proximity to Interstate 40 means danger could be right around the corner, something everyone should be aware of.
The event is open to everyone and those in attendance are asked to wear blue and yellow, colors that represent awareness for the cause, and anyone is welcome to bring signs.
For more information, visit “Be Their Voice” on Facebook, which is where folks can message organizers if they need to. There is also more information at ourrescue.org, which even offers a free, hour-long training session for parents on keeping their children safe.
*Please note that the “Be Their Voice” page, the time of the event is wrong. The event will not be held Thursday morning. It will be at 6 p.m.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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