Convenience stores have become stops for human traffickers and the owners of the businesses committed to fighting the growing problem.
At a summit with the owners of Phil’s One Stop, Lassus Handy Dandy, JJ’s and others learned about the campaign “In Our Backyard.” The national program fights the trafficking problem by training store employees to look for signs of trafficking and puts stickers in restrooms giving victims a number to call for help.
The signs include someone avoiding eye contact, marks of physical abuse tattoos that show ownership. The employees are also told to trust their gut feelings and call the national trafficking hotline if they feel something is amiss.
For more information, visit the In Our Backyard official website here: http://inourbackyard.org/