The following is a news release from Governor Jared Polis' office.
(Statewide) -- January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the Colorado Human Trafficking Council is working with partners across the state to increase visibility about this hidden crime. Governor Jared Polis has proclaimed that Tuesday, January 11, be commemorated as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Colorado.
“Human trafficking happens in Colorado and we are determined to promote a statewide culture that does not tolerate and actively works to end this inhumane crime,” said Maria Trujillo, Program Manager and spokesperson for the Council. “It’s important for Colorado residents to understand the facts about all types of human trafficking as misperceptions keep us from recognizing this crime in our communities.”
Human trafficking consists of the denial of a person's human right to freedom and basic dignity through severe exploitation by force, fraud, or coercion for some type of labor, including commercial sex. Human trafficking is a hidden crime and may not be visible or obvious; it is typically misunderstood due to frequently inaccurate and sensationalized portrayals of human trafficking in popular culture.
The state is in the second phase of an award-winning, multi-year campaign to encourage residents to learn more at ThisisHumanTrafficking.com. The campaign focuses on educating people about misperceptions about human trafficking. These myths include:
Myth: All human trafficking is sex trafficking.
Fact: Labor trafficking is highly documented by service organizations in Colorado.
Myth: Human trafficking only happens to women or girls.
Fact: Male survivors of both labor and sex trafficking exist in Colorado.
Myth: Human trafficking victims are usually foreign nationals.
Fact: US citizens can easily fall victim to exploitation when experiencing certain vulnerabilities.
Myth: Victims of human trafficking can just leave their situation.