To illustrate how human trafficking victims can fall through the cracks, the Red Sand Project art installation was exhibited in Pikeville as a part of raising human trafficking awareness in Tennessee during Human Trafficking Awareness Week.
Human trafficking is an issue prevalent across the world and right here in Tennessee. Trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, is quickly becoming a major public health concern, according to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH).
TDH says it is estimated 40.3 million people are being trafficked worldwide, including an estimated 94 children each month here in Tennessee. The agency is encouraging public awareness of the issue, including learning risk factors, red flags, and resources to possibly save lives.
For more, see the August 1 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner, on newsstands now.