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Get the facts: Protect yourself and your family from human trafficking

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 18:56:29-05

If you're on social media, chances are you've seen the "urban legend" posts, alleging that human traffickers are stalking folks in the grocery store. Almost none of those are true.

But human trafficking is real, and there's a local group that wants to educate you about the reality of it, and how to be aware.

Hope Awaits is offering a seminar tomorrow evening about the importance of being aware, and how to protect yourself and your children.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at Cafe Chai Alpha on Johnston Street, across from ULL.

Social media is one of the ways that predators use to trap children, organizers say.

"I definitely hope that they take home a general sense of just the dangers that are going on here, in Louisiana, in Lafayette," founder Maria Williams says of the event. "That they're more aware just that they'll be paying more attention to their surroundings."

January is national Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. For more information, you can visit the event page on Facebook here.