Summit Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking in N.M.

Aug. 21, 2013 / By



Navajo Times, News Report, Colleen Keane

Get free.

That’s the message The Life Link, a Santa Fe based agency, is sending out to human trafficking victims. The message comes with a textable number 505-438-3733 that connects victims to services and counseling.

“It’s easy to remember, 505-GET FREE,” said victims’ advocate Lynn Sanchez.

The number is plastered on a city of Santa Fe bus, two bus stops and posters in hopes that victims will see it and find their way to freedom.

Anthony Maes said that everyone needs to know about and watch out for human traffickers.

He’s in charge of the New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force, an initiative of Gary King, the state’s Attorney General.

“These things are occurring in our back yards, down streets and five miles from here,” Maes warned.

Human trafficking happens when human predators coerce and enslave others for money and their own purposes.

“We are seeing children, men and women trafficked for sex and labor purposes,” Maes revealed during an Aug. 1 presentation in Albuquerque at the Community Summit on Community Violence sponsored by the New Mexico Attorney General’s office.

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