BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Department of Homeland Security is spreading awareness about human trafficking through its #WearBlueDay campaign.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized each year on January 11th. The goal is to raise awareness and educate the public and law enforcement on the signs of human trafficking.

Dana Hunter with the Governor’s Office of Human Trafficking Prevention said there is often confusion over human trafficking versus sex work.

“In sex work, that’s something that people choose to do, that’s a lifestyle sometimes that folks want to engage in. In human sex trafficking, victims do not want to be involved in this,” said Hunter.

Hunter said it is not easy for victims of human trafficking to leave.

“They are often drugged, they are raped repeatedly, they are beaten, they are threatened, their family’s lives are threatened. And they know that these criminals have a history of murder, they have a history of other criminal behaviors,” said Hunter. “So when those threats come forth, they know it is real.”

Human trafficking can happen to anyone, regardless of where they come from.

“No one is safe, no race, no socioeconomic status, everybody can be a victim,” said Hunter.

She explains that it happens in more places than you think too.

“No space or place is safe in our state, really, or across the country, because they’re everywhere,” said Hunter.

While you may not think you can stop human trafficking yourself, there are signs to look out for:

The easiest rule to follow is if you see something suspicious, report it. You could save someone’s life.