A group of volunteers will lead the charge against the growing problem of human trafficking by distributing posters at establishments across Tracy on April 23.
People can join in a Day of Action to learn how to promote the law SB1193, which requires certain types of businesses to display public notices about human trafficking, according to event coordinator Jennifer Douglas.
“Our biggest goal is to have people aware,” she said. “A lot of people still think it doesn’t happen here. I want Tracy to stand up and say ‘Not in my city.’ That’s my main goal.”
Some businesses targeted by the poster are cocktail bars, massage parlors, airports, employment recruiting offices, bus stations, hospitals and farm labor contractors, she said.
Volunteers in teams of five will go through a training session starting at 10 a.m. April 23 in the community room inside Safeway, 1801 W. 11th St. The training will include lunch and T-shirts for volunteers.
The teams will spread out across Tracy with stacks of posters and then return to the community room to talk about their experiences at their designated locations.
Douglas, who also serves on the San Joaquin County Human Trafficking Task Force Volunteer Engagement Subcommittee, said she wanted to bring the awareness campaign to her hometown after taking part in a similar event in Stockton in January.
“I’m scared for my children,” said the mother of three, ages 6, 9 and 11. “I want to see our youth be educated about this.”
Tracy Crime Stoppers chairman Marshall Rose said he and several other members of Crime Stoppers planned to volunteer at the April 23 awareness event.
“It’s the best way to get a business owner to know it’s not just a political statement — awareness needs to be made,” Rose said. “This needs to happen to make our community safer.”
People can sign up as volunteers until Wednesday by calling 640-6489 or emailing Jennifer Douglas at email@example.com.