As part of addressing global issues that affect ordinary people, the Women Rising student club at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is hosting several Human Trafficking Awareness Week events from Feb. 6 through Feb. 8.

Often referred to as “modern-day slavery”, this year’s awareness is celebrated under the theme of “Students Against Trafficking.”

Students made handmade bracelets to encourage the “ask me” agenda and handed out free t-shirts to those interested in the learning more about the topic.

According to statistics- including an article published on CNN on March 14, 2017- Human Trafficking should be a cause for concern in America with more than 3,500 sex trafficking cases reported to the National Trafficking Resource Center in 2016 alone.

Andrea Scherrer, SCC’s Women Rising club advisor, said that part of the awareness is to educate SCC students about misconceptions of human trafficking.

“For the second time in succession, we have partnered with the McCain Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) in order to spread accurate information about human trafficking,” Scherrer said. “Our hope this week is to start a conversation with as many people as possible and to share with them the statistics and facts that are supported by the in-depth research being done in Arizona.”

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