CRETE | The Crete Public Library is recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month with a display designed to bring attention to this global problem.
The United States holds the title of third highest destination in the world for trafficked women and children. According to the FBI, 300,000 people a year are trafficked throughout the U.S., 20,000 of those are brought in from other countries. The average age of a child targeted and recruited into sex trafficking in the United States is 13.
The display highlights the work of Women at Risk International that operates in the United States, rescuing victims, supplying safe houses and training women and girls in vocations to help them regain their lives. Featured are scarves, ornaments, purses, jewelry and other items, most of which were created by rescued women and whose sales help support the efforts of WAR International. Come find out ways you can help fight this crisis.
Also on display is “Slavery in Illinois,” one of the Lincoln’s Legacy Learning Kits that are part of the library’s permanent lending collection. The kit contains books, artifacts, photos and videos along with lesson plans and activities for students. The other kits in the series are the “Abraham Lincoln Biography Kit,” the “Mary Lincoln Kit,” and the “Civil War Soldier Kit.” All are available for checkout at the library, 1177 N Main St.