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Today, February 22, 2021, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Statement from ALERT CEO, Supt. Dwayne Lakusta:
“First and foremost, we need to acknowledge that human trafficking is taking place in our communities and it will take a collaborative approach to prevent and disrupt this activity.
The victims and survivors of human trafficking are members of our community. They are someone’s family, friends, loved ones, and we owe it to them to tirelessly pursue their captors. Our goal with Human Trafficking Awareness Day is to expose and educate people about this terrible crime.
With support from the Alberta Government, ALERT has launched Human Trafficking and Exploitation units in Edmonton and Calgary. These integrated units work in collaboration with government and community organizations involved in rescuing and supporting survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Together, with our partner agencies, we can put an end to this sickening practice.