Raising Awareness Regarding the Tragedy of Human Trafficking

Raising Awareness Regarding the Tragedy of Human Trafficking

San Bernardino

On Saturday January 26, concerned citizens joined member of the San Bernardino Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) in a march to draw attention to the crime of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking “one step at a time.”

Participants marched from the Children’s Network office at 825 E. Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino and moved east towards Tippecanoe and back to the starting point.

“Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are often thought of as only occurring in foreign countries, but it happens here and we’re all responsible for educating ourselves and others about the realities of trafficking in our own neighborhoods and communities,” said CASE Coordinator, Anne-Michelle Ellis. “Commercial sexual exploitation affects children in all parts of our county– all children are vulnerable.”

The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation formed in 2009 to address commercial sexual exploitation of children in the county. It’s a collaborative effort among child-serving county departments, service agencies and community members.

CASE hosts outreach and education meetings the second Tuesday of every month. For locations or more information, contact CASE Coordinator Angel Magallanes at (909) 383-9677 or email her at angel.magallanes@hss.sbcounty.gov.

The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation is helping the community achieve the Countywide Vision by promoting the protection of children and promoting public safety and health. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

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