January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is a billion dollar business around the world, and it thrives here in Orange County. The crime deprives a person of their liberty through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of labor or sexual exploitation.
As it has for the past six years, this month OCTA is using its award-winning Be the One campaign to raise public awareness of human trafficking through multilingual signs at transit centers, public service announcements, brochures, bus wraps, social media, and bus shelters in high-traffic areas.
Because victims might be using Orange County buses, stops and transit centers, coach operators are trained to recognize and help victims. Hundreds of coach operators have received annual training from members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Transit Police and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.