National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Tribal Council takes huge step to ending trafficking on the reservation

Communities across the country wore blue on Thursday, Jan. 11 in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The Puyallup Tribal Council took a huge step toward putting an end to trafficking on their reservation. On Jan. 11, in recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Tribal Council issued a directive to draft an amendment to the Tribal Criminal Code, which will add Human Trafficking as a crime that will be FULLY prosecuted if committed on the reservation. We may not be able to put an end to human trafficking in one day, but through policy change, awareness, and education we can prevent the rates at which our people touched by it. Our hands are raised to the Puyallup Tribal Council and all who are working so hard to bring awareness to this important issue.

For more information, to report a tip, or to seek help call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1(888) 373-7888 or Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE). To speak with a Puyallup Tribe Community Domestic Violence Advocacy Program advocate, call (253) 680-5499.