According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one third of teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. Teen runaways are often promised food, shelter, and protection from the cruelty of the streets, only to find themselves trapped, prisoners to the world of sex trafficking.
One local group is working to end this horrific crime in Humboldt County. Empower. Protect. Invest. (E.P.I.) thinkSMALL Humboldt County is dedicated to educating local students about the red flags and dangers of human trafficking, empowering them to protect themselves and their friends from traffickers lurking in our county.
E.P.I. is partnering with LifeHouse Humboldt to present Runaway Sleep Out Night, a fundraiser for anti-human trafficking education in Humboldt County. The event is being held at LifeHouse Humboldt (2734 Hubbard Ln., Eureka, CA) on Friday, October 6, 2017 beginning at 5 p.m. and running until 8 a.m. the next day. Runaway Night is a community awareness project that replicates just a small part of what a runaway may face their first night out on the streets. Participants acquire sponsors to donate to the cause if the participant sleeps outside for one night at the event. A prize will be awarded … Continue reading