Sisters battle human trafficking

supports at vigil
The throng at Pike Street and Third Avenue included one male, Harvey Sloan, spokesman on trafficking for the Seattle Police Department.

Sisters unveiled their bus advertisement campaign on March 9 in downtown Seattle to raise awareness about the reality of human trafficking — modern day slaverym– in the Pacific Northwest.

Stop the Demand advertisements began appearing on King Country Metro buses the week of March 8th, the United Nations Day for Women?s Rights.

Sr. Linda Haydock, SNJM
Sr. Linda Haydock, SNJM

The Seattle Human Trafficking Task Force reports handling an average of 40 cases per year, a fraction of the suspected activity in human trafficking.

The I-5 corridor is a transport artery for both human trafficking and illegal drugs. Seattle, a port city, is a transit point for trafficking victims from countries in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Among the speakers at the press conference were:

  • Sister Linda Haydock, executive director of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
  • Kathleen Morris, anti-trafficking program coordinator for the International Rescue Committee
  • Harvey Sloan, spokesman for the Seattle Police Department on trafficking
  • Sister Charlotte Van Dyke, Provincial Councilor for the Sisters of Providence