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YAKIMA WA -- People, businesses and organizations all around the city of Yakima are spreading red sand on sidewalk cracks to help bring awareness to human trafficking.
Barbara Ziegler was a victim of human trafficking at a young age.
After she was able to escape, she became an advocate here in Yakima where she has dedicated her time to bring awareness to human trafficking.
“From kindergarten up I was underneath the radar of everybody and I think people knew something was wrong but they didn’t know what to do so I want to make sure people know that it’s there, that it's real and give them a call to action," said Ziegler.
Ziegler along with the Peach Tree Retirement Center brought a movement to Yakima that started in New York called the Red Sand Project.
Part of this project is to fill in cracks on the sidewalks with red sand to help bring awareness to people that are at risk of being trafficked.
“The red sand helps us remember those who fall through the metaphorical cracks. It’s the overlooked population such as refugees, immigrants, girls and boys who have vulnerabilities that could put them at risk of being trafficked," said Ziegler.
This is a five-step project and right now they are in step two where they are creating Call to Action Videos with organizations, businesses and even the Yakima Police Department.
Member at the Peach Tree Retirement Center Gale Rescorla says she supports Ziegler and this project because it is the right thing to do.
“The Red Sand Project is near and dear to many of us at Peach Tree because we know what Barbara went through throughout her earlier years and it’s just an important project to be a part of," said Rescorla.
Ziegler says she wants more people to get involved and be a part of the project so she’s inviting everyone to participate September 16.
Anyone can just head over to Peach Tree Retirement Center pick up one of these bags that has red sand in it and all they have to do is open it up find a sidewalk crack and fill it in.
Everyone participating is encouraged to take pictures spreading the sand and post it on their social media platform using the hashtag YakimaRedSandProject.
Now if you suspect of anything related to human trafficking you can call the national hotline number for human trafficking or contact our local police department.