Human trafficking is an issue that affects the United States in many ways. According to CIA, it is estimated that as many as 15,000 to 17,500 men, women and children are trafficked into U.S. every year.
Los Angeles is a top point of entry into this country for victims of slavery and trafficking.
About three months ago, students of a critical thinking philosophy class at Chaffey College were asked to become involved and aware of a social issue.
That is when Chaffey student Darlene Garcia of Upland Calif., began searching for an issue that she thought was important.
What started as a small idea turned into an inspiration and challenge to do something about the issue.
“I was challenged into finding out about an issue. There are a lot of social and global issues, but Human trafficking is really horrible. The things these people have to endure just blows my mind,” Garcia said.
With the help of friends and volunteers, she has put together a concert to raise awareness on human trafficking.
The emphasis of the issue is on sex trafficking, which is why the the concert will take place in the city of Pomona, due to the ongoing prostitution issues of the city.
Sex trafficking occurs everywhere but it is most visible in Pomona.
“It still happens, on any giving day you can spot women being picked up in the south parts of Pomona,” Garcia said.
The concert is free and the purpose of it is to raise awareness and to give a voice to those who don’t have one.
All of the work was done with the help of volunteers.
Chris Figueroa, Claremont Calif. was in charge of all the graphic design. He also has a passion for unifying communities to raise awareness on social issues.
“The most exciting part is bringing awareness and knowledge to people,” Figueria said. “The more they know, the more likely they are willing to do something about it.”
A silent auction will be held including art donated to help the cause, proceeds will be donated to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.
Garcia hopes to inspire people to keep on speaking up for others.
“It’s a matter of working together and getting things done,” Garcia said. “it is a collaboration that brings communities together.”