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Campaign fights human trafficking

Posted: 7:53 PM, Mar 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-08 19:53:35-05
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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Stopping human trafficking, that is the mission of the Palm Beach section of the National Council of Jewish Women. The organization is using posters at bus stop shelters near seven area high schools to help raise awareness and save a child from becoming a victim.

“We want people in this community to be aware that it’s their children our children of all ages that are at risk,” said Judy Traub, Vice President of the Palm Beach section of the National Council of Jewish Women behind the ongoing campaign says she is determined to make a difference.

“I have a 16-year-old granddaughter and it gets very personal when you think how vulnerable she could be”

This poster is one of 6 that describes the different situations in which children can become victims of human trafficking.

“I started thinking about the girls, my family and the young ones coming up,” said Eduardo Cortijo who rides the bus daily. He says he hopes others notice the poster and take action.

“You just gotta be careful and pay more attention to your kids,” said Cortijo who is a father and grandfather himself.

Traub says she wants to make sure children and parents know what signs to look out for and who they can call for help.

“If the kid comes home and they got new branding, if they got a new bracelet, if they got a new cellphone if you don’t know who they’re talking with online,” said Traub.

Traub said the organization is also committed to providing direct services to victims through local agencies.

The posters are located near Forest Hill High school, Palm Beach Lakes Community High school, John I. Leonard High School, Lakeworth Community High school, Park Vista Community High School, Santaluces Community High School, and Boynton Beach Community High School.

For more information about the posters visit ncjwpalmbeach.org .