#minorsextrafficking | Huntington Observes Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

HUNTINGTON, NY — Town of Huntington Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci lit Huntington Town Hall blue on Jan. 5 in coordination with The Safe Center LI to bring awareness to National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the town announced in a news release.

“Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery and it is an issue that is closer to home than most people are aware of,” Lupinacci said. “More than 120 human trafficking survivors on Long Island have been rescued over the past 10 years, and we need to be aware of the signs and tactics used by these criminals.”

The blue lights were installed on Monday ahead of Human Trafficking Awareness Day and before the free Virtual Long Island Human Trafficking Conference being hosted by The Safe Center LI scheduled for Jan. 21.

“Human Trafficking is an issue that is actively going on in our own backyards,” said Keith Scott, director of education at The Safe Center LI. “The first step in eradicating this issue is to gain knowledge on how to recognize the signs of trafficking. The Safe Center applauds the efforts of the Town of Huntington for taking a stance against Human Trafficking. We look forward to partnering with the Town of Huntington to host upcoming virtual awareness events on how to recognize trafficking.”

More information and registration for the free Virtual Long Island Human Trafficking Conference can be found on The Safe Center LI website.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud, or coercion is used to compel someone to perform labor, services, or commercial sex, the Town of Huntington stated. It affects all populations and economic classes. The Defense Department continues to raise awareness and do its part to end this crime.

The Safe Center is a Bethpage-based nonprofit organization that provides free, confidential, and comprehensive services for victims of abuse and assault and their non-offending family members — children, women, men, elderly, LGBTQIA+. Its education department presents educational training and programs in both Nassau and Suffolk counties on topics of abuse and neglect for children, teens, college-aged students, parents, professionals, and other concerned adults.

The Safe Center LI lists its mission as “To protect, assist and empower victims of family violence and sexual assault while challenging and changing social systems that tolerate and perpetuate abuse.”

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