Las Vegas billboard project focused on combating human trafficking

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Mikayla Whitmore Clear Channel Outdoor-Las Vegas President Adam Barthelmess, left, and Aaron Rouse, special agent in charge of the Las Vegas Division of the FBI, speak during a press conference Sept. 21, 2017, to reveal a signboard campaign to eliminate human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Awareness Project Launch slideshow”As part of an effort to fight human trafficking, Las Vegas commuters today will begin seeing electronic billboards revealing a female’s mouth being covered by a man’s hand. “Human trafficking: We’ll listen; we

‘ll help,”checked out the signboards in English, Spanish and Chinese. The message is accompanied by the number for an FBI-operated, 24-hour hotline– 888-373-7888– that victims and possible witnesses can call for aid. The displays, which will run for a year, appear on 10 regional Clear Channel Outdoor billboards and are expected to turn amongst the remainder of the company’s 56 area indications. The project was detailed today by the local workplace of the FBI and the media company’s Las Vegas president. Human trafficking is a nationwide issue, stated Aaron Rouse, special representative in charge of the Las Vegas Division

of the FBI.”We wish to highlight it here, because we do not desire the human traffickers to feel like this is a safe house, and

we want to rescue as many people as we perhaps can to make Las Vegas a location to recreate, not to be enslaved, “he stated. The majority of victims– 70 percent– are trafficked for prostitution, while about 30 percent are trafficked for labor, Rouse said.

“If you’re selling someone or if you’re keeping someone slave or in indentured bondage, whether it’s sex trafficking or labor trafficking, you’re on the incorrect side of the law, “he said. From 1994 through early May, Metro Authorities have actually recovered roughly 2,200 victims of sex trafficking, according to the Nevada Attorney

General’s Office. In 2015, City recuperated 107 children who were victims of human trafficking. In June, Clear Channel Outdoor-Las Vegas approached the FBI about taking part the signboard project, stated Adam Barthelmess, the business’s regional president. Such projects have actually proved reliable in other markets, he said. It’s the “power, responsibility and duty “of the general public to insert itself into the human trafficking dialogue to”end up being a force for favorable change in the battle, “Barthelmess said. Rouse kept in mind the FBI’s partnerships with corporations to combat the problem. The FBI recently honored the Aria security department for” ending up being a leader in

combating human trafficking and engaging with ladies who are victims of predators”

by providing awareness training for gatekeeper, the agency kept in mind on its site.

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