Advocates plan trafficking awareness efforts ahead of RNC

CLEVELAND (AP) — Local advocates are planning a campaign to raise awareness of a possible potential increase in forced prostitution and labor trafficking while crowds are in Cleveland for the upcoming Republican National Convention. reports ( ) Greater Cleveland’s Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking expects to finalize details of the campaign and launch it in the coming weeks.

The collective of 19 social service organizations and law enforcement agencies aims to increase awareness of human trafficking through training, social media campaigns and advertisements such as billboards.

The RNC is expected to draw around 50,000 people to the Cleveland area during the week of July 18.

Sonda Miller, president and CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, says an uptick in human trafficking is expected during large gatherings such as political conventions.


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