U.S. Department of Homeland Security spreads human trafficking awareness, asks public to wear blue on Jan. 11

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is spreading awareness on human trafficking this month by asking the public to wear blue on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The Blue Campaign is a national public awareness movement created to educate the public, law enforcement and others to recognize the signs of human trafficking.  The color blue symbolizes human trafficking awareness and the name references global anti-human trafficking symbols such as the Blue Heart and the Blue Blindfold.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asks the public to wear blue and share photos of themselves on social media with #WearBlueDay. The campaign invites the public to download graphics that promote the hashtag.

Below are examples of indicators of human trafficking from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?

Download an indicator card for quick access to explanations on smuggling and trafficking along with resources on how to report suspected trafficking.

To report suspected human trafficking to federal law enforcement, call 1-(866)-347-2423. Find more information on human trafficking on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

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