For the first time, the State of Washington recognized January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. (TRT: 58) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

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Wednesday, Jan. 11th marked the state’s first Human Trafficking Awareness Day as an official day of recognition. Sen. Maralyn Chase of Edmonds has worked on this issue for a number of years and is worried that there are still too many young girls and women who are potential targets.

Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds: (TRT: 21) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Probably 94 percent, as near as we can calculate, of the women who are trafficked were picked up between the ages of 12 and 14. This is a crime against children. It is our responsibility to put an end to this, once and for all, and I believe that the State of Washington is one of the leaders in the world on this issue.”

Between 2002 and 2016, the State of Washington passed more than 40 anti-human trafficking laws. Human Trafficking Awareness Day was created in 2016 to raise the profile on the issue, to help educate people about potential warning signs, and to honor all victims of human trafficking.

In Olympia, I’m Nicole Vukonich.