Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Human Trafficking Awareness Event Nov. 10

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Collier County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, will hold an anti-human trafficking community event in Immokalee in November.

“A Day Without Slavery” is scheduled for Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St.

While the event will feature food, music and activities for children, the primary goal is to provide information about human trafficking and community services available in Immokalee. Deputies also hope the event will open avenues of communication with the community and encourage residents to report suspected trafficking.

Members of the sheriff’s Immokalee substation and Crime Prevention Bureau will be on hand to provide information about other programs the Sheriff’s Office offers to the public. Youth Relations deputies will offer free child identification kits, which include fingerprints and a photo. Health Care Network of Southwest Florida and the Ronald McDonald care mobile will perform free eye exams.

“A Day Without Slavery” is open to everyone regardless of their immigration status. IDs will not be checked.