In 2011, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation that designated every January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement. Today, there are 40.3 million people in slavery throughout the world.
The Red Sand Project is a participatory artwork that uses cracks in sidewalks to bring attention to the hidden reality of human trafficking. LALDEF staff and clients continue to participate in this movement every January to take action against vulnerabilities that lead to human trafficking and exploitation.
To learn more, visit redsandproject.org.