“Think it doesn’t happen in America?” That is the tagline for a national issue that the City of Sacramento wants to shed some light on. Human trafficking is a bigger problem in the US than many realize, and state capital is no exception.

According to a CBS Sacramento report, the city had one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the country just a couple years ago, and the problem as hardly improved. But the Sacramento Neighborhood Services Division is working to change those statistics by promoting its Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign, as well as local organizations that help the cause.

“Human trafficking is modern day slavery,” says the Neighborhood Services Division. “…It is the process of controlling a person with the intent to exploit them.”

This awareness campaign is designed to inform the people of Sacramento that human trafficking is not a third world problem.

“They are women. They are men. They are children. Modern day slaves can be found all over the world, including in every state in the U.S. In fact, it is also estimated that there are up to 300,000 children at risk of being trafficked in the United States alone.”

Victims of human trafficking are often used for forced labor or sexual exploitation. Many are even born into the multi-billion dollar a year industry. Sacramento leadership not only wants to inform the public, but empower it with the resources necessary to kick human trafficking out of the city for good.

Citizens may not know about the variety of resources of available to them, but hopefully this campaign can change that. Groups like WEAVE, Bridget’s Dream, and My Sister’s House all specialize in different parts of the campaign, but share the same goal.

To learn more about the campaign, click here.

To reach out to a local anti-human trafficking group, click here.

(Featured image from Flickr under Creative Commons, desaturated from original)