Advocates urge vigilance in hopes to stop human trafficking problem in Kern County


It’s Human Trafficking Awareness month as events continue to raise awareness toward the problem that plagues Kern County.

Tuesday, Bakersfield police joined the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking at the Liberty Bell in Downtown Bakersfield for a proclamation from Mayor Karen Goh.

They asked folks to come out to raise awareness toward the crime. Survivor advocate Diana Cisneros added to today’s message.

“I think the next step now is to get not just our organization and our professionals trained but get our average community member trained so that they can be vigilant and they can call into the hotline and start reporting and giving police leads and start putting all the pieces together so these traffickers get put away and the victims and survivors get the help they need,” Cisneros said.

The proclamation comes five years after the coalition started. They say they’ll be at Maya Cinemas Monday, Jan. 29 with an informational booth as well.

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