Organizations continue to push for sex trafficking awareness

Jan 29, 2023, 8:42 AM | Updated: Jan 30, 2023, 7:58 am
(Photo from KIRO 7)...
(Photo from KIRO 7)
(Photo from KIRO 7)

Human trafficking continues to be a big problem across the world, including here in the Pacific Northwest.

Groups like the Organization of Prostitution Survivors held a sex trafficking awareness night at the Black Coffee Northwest Café on Saturday night. Owner Darnesha Weary says it’s important to have her doors open to everyone, as well as listen to those still going through it.

“At the end of it, that’s all that matters and that’s what is important. That they are people, that they’re women, and that we see them and we hear them,” Weary said.

The purpose of the event is to educate the public about sex trafficking and its effects on people who are victims and survivors of this form of modern-day slavery and sexual exploitation. In addition, event organizers wanted to provide information on how community members can support survivors and protect potential victims.

“Today, those people have the resources and we want everyone to know that,” Rebekah Fonden, President of OPS, said.

As a survivor herself, she wants those who are still victims to know that they can get help.

“To show that, like you said, that people do care,” Fonden said. “That there is hope to leave a situation where you feel trapped, like there may be no way out. To show that you are not alone. To show that people will be here for you.”

She says while it’s a difficult conversation for many, she believes OPS offers a perspective that can change things for the better.

“It is extremely important to be survivor-led. To have the participants to walk through the door and see someone who looks like them, who has lived the same experience as they have,” Fonden said.

Local News

cap rent criminal background checks...
L.B. Gilbert

Judge rules against Seattle ban on criminal background checks for renters

Discrimination against those with criminal background checks is still illegal but the ruling allows landlords to ask about criminal records.
16 hours ago
gas works park...
L.B. Gilbert

1 dead, 1 injured in overnight shooting at Gas Works Park

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., officers arrived and located two males with gunshot wounds at Gas Works Park Tuesday night. 
16 hours ago
Seattle Starbucks strike...
L.B. Gilbert

Starbucks union calls for strikes, pickets ahead of shareholder meeting

Café employees and their supporters protested outside company headquarters in downtown Seattle on Wednesday.
16 hours ago
Bridget Chavez, KIRO 7 News

Seattle Humane reports surge in pet surrenders due to rising costs amidst inflation

Seattle Humane is seeing more people in the area surrendering their pets due to rising costs.
16 hours ago
oso landslide...
Ted Buehner

Oso community marks 9-year anniversary of deadly landslide

March 22nd marks a solemn day in Washington's history. It was nine years ago when the Oso landslide occurred, taking 43 lives.
16 hours ago
Hospitals losses...
Bill Kaczaraba

WA hospitals operating at a loss, official calls situation ‘unsustainable’

Washington hospitals are operating at a loss and it could impact patient services. Financial losses are totaling billions of dollars.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!
safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Organizations continue to push for sex trafficking awareness