BY MELANIE BUCK –
CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocates] of the Ouachitas Director Cynthia Martin encouraged community members to wear the color blue on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in support of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
In an proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on December 29, 2017, it stated, “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement. Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation. It has no place in our world. This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.
Arkansas’ U.S. Senator Dr. John Boozman said, “An estimated 25 million people are victims of human trafficking around the world. It’s hard to believe, but it’s also happening in Arkansas. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 19 cases of human trafficking in Arkansas were reported through June 2017.” Read more about the subject in Senator Boozman’s op-ed on page 25 of this edition.