In 2007 the United States Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Throughout Erie different groups were doing their part to spread awareness of the problem in our area.

Some people wore blue stickers, provided by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The stickers are meant to spark conversations and spread awareness. Blue is the color for the day. Educating the public about trafficking is also the goal of the Crime Victim Center, because bringing an end to the crime will take a community effort.

"There is no one place where if someone is a victim of trafficking they can go to and get all the help and resources that they need,” Bryan Prior, prevention education specialist for the CVC, said. “It's really a matter of all the different areas and sections of the community coming together to help the person."

If you or someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-3737-888 for help.