Commissioner supports human trafficking awareness and prevention effort

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On Saturday, Aug. 12, S.O.A.P. Metro Detroit will conduct its 3rd annual pre-Dream Cruise human trafficking prevention event, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield.

S.O.A.P. stands for “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution” and its mission is to partner with local community volunteers, organizations, churches and law enforcement to help eradicate sex trafficking.

Volunteers will package free soap labeled with a human trafficking hotline number and distribute it, along with information on missing youth, to local hotels and motels throughout Oakland County. The effort aims to raise awareness about human trafficking and reach victims who may be looking for resources or help.

“We know this activity increases during large community events, which makes coordinating hotel and motel outreach efforts during this time even more relevant and potentially lifesaving,” stated Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson. “The efforts of S.O.A.P. Metro Detroit seek to inform and engage the public about this crime and provide critical resources to victims and potential victims of human trafficking.”

The event is free but prior registration is requested. Those looking for more information, including an agenda for the day and age restrictions for volunteers, can visit www.oakgov.com/boc and click on the S.O.A.P. Metro Detroit logo, which will link to the EventBrite registration page. The event is supported by Jackson and Love Runs-Northridge Church. Support from other community groups looking to get involved is invited and would be more than welcome.

Jackson is a longtime advocate for victims of human trafficking and has worked extensively to raise awareness about the crime and its impact on Oakland County youth. She served on the Board of Commissioners’ Human Trafficking Task Force and has organized and supported numerous outreach efforts in the community. She also works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

For additional information about the fight against human trafficking in Oakland County, contact Jackson at 248-910-6035 or janetjacksoncc1@gmail.com.

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