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Rally held in Pueblo to call attention to human trafficking

Posted at 3:41 PM, Aug 22, 2020

PUEBLO — A group called "Operation Wake Humanity" is calling attention to human trafficking because they believe it isn't talked about enough.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, each year millions of men, women, and children are trafficked across the world, including in the U.S.

A small crowd of demonstrators gathered Saturday in Pueblo, at the old South-side Kmart parking lot on Northern Avenue. The group held signs and chanted "save our children" as people honked their horns and drove by.

"This is not nearly talked about enough, it's something that's very hush hush and pushed under the rug, and it's understandable," explained Charessa Benavidez, the organizer of the rally. "It's something that moves us inside and makes us uncomfortable but if we are uncomfortable about something then we need to change it."

Demonstrators also set up a booth nearby to accept donations of stuffed animals and blankets to give out to victims and survivors.

The National Human trafficking hotline is 1-888-373-7888. For more information, click here.