Not Alone Campaign: First Statewide Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign in Washington

The Not Alone campaign was created by Rebecca Covington, who was a victim of human trafficking and is now Corporate Relations Manager at BEST.

SPOKANE, Washington – After months of planning and preparation, the Companies ending slavery and trafficking (BEST), will launch the Not alone Campaign, the first-ever statewide multi-agency anti-trafficking campaign.

the Not alone countryside is the first survivor-led program to educate current victims of trafficking, the aim of which is to help victims and survivors identify themselves and connect with services by calling the national helpline on trafficking in human beings.

A press conference was held on Thursday attended by elected officials, members of Innovations Trafficking in Human Beings and survivors of human trafficking.

the Not alone The campaign was created by Rebecca Covington, who was a victim of human trafficking and is now Corporate Relations Manager at BEST.

“I created the Not Alone campaign because as a survivor of human trafficking I know what it feels like to be in a situation where you feel like there is no way out. , or that there is no one to talk to, or that there is someone who really understands you, “Covington said.

Covington said if she had heard the words ‘you are not alone’, instead of the silent sneers or judgment of onlookers, while being trafficked, she would have felt hope. .

“I knew we needed a campaign that directly speaks to people facing a trafficking situation, so that they can hear the words that you are not alone and that there is a way out,” said said Covington.

According to BEST surveys, 38% of victims of trafficking traveled by air and 63% used public transport during exploitation. About 26% of the victims said that public and mass transport played a role in at least one escape attempt.

Spokane City Mayor Nadine Woodward, who also attended the virtual conference, said that in Spokane and eastern Washington, human trafficking is a serious concern.

“Raising awareness of the magnitude of the problem is an important first step,” said Woodward. “If you are a victim, you need to know that law enforcement is looking for you and that there are resources in place to help you. And if you are a family member, there are steps you can take to protect your loved ones.

Woodward said task force members estimate that since 2013, there are more than 1,400 women, men and youth advertised for commercial sex in Spokane.

Woodward said the Spokane Police Department was part of an FBI task force on child exploitation and human trafficking that has been successful in bringing justice to some victims.

“Since this targeted effort began in 2016, task force members have successfully jailed some of the most prolific and violent traffickers,” said Woodward. “Last year alone, this task force was responsible for 20 criminal convictions for federal indictments and brought justice to 26 victims, including five children and their families.”

Cho said about 26 cities, counties, transit authorities, airports and seaports across Washington are coming together to support the campaign.

Some of the posters will be displayed at Seattle Tacoma International Airport near 80 locations across SCA, such as the international ticket office, badges, baggage claim area, and boarding gates.

Approximately 40 more signs will be posted at ports, parks and marine properties.

The main goal of the campaign is for victims and survivors to identify themselves and connect to services by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or sending an SMS at 233733 (FREE).

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