The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Collier County Coalition Against Human Trafficking, held an anti-human trafficking community event in Immokalee recently at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St.
More than 450 members of the community attended the fourth annual “A Day Without Slavery” event to learn more about human trafficking and ways to identify victims of human trafficking. Deputies hope the event will open avenues of communication with the community and encourage residents to report suspected trafficking.
The event featured free food and refreshments and music from La Ley 92.1 FM. Activities for children were provided by The Ave Maria School of Law Community Development Law Clinic.
Members of the sheriff’s Immokalee substation and Crime Prevention Bureau handed out information about programs the Sheriff’s Office offers to the public. Youth Relations deputies provided more than 70 free child identification kits, which included fingerprints and a photo for parents to keep in case their child goes missing.
Bedtime Bundles of Marco Island donated 400 knitted/crochet hats and three dozen handmade blankets to residents. The Ronald McDonald care mobile performed free health screenings.
Other participating agencies included The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children and Coalition of Immokalee Workers.