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Child and Family Services leads human trafficking task force

ALPENA, Mich. – Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan is doing their part to end human trafficking

Representatives from the agency along with local law enforcement and other community stake holders participated in the red sand project Monday at Rotary Island Park.

The Red Sand Project is a national initiative where groups fill sidewalk cracks with red sand.

The sand represents individuals who fall through the cracks—socially, economically, and politically.

One event organizer said making local people aware of the problem can help dispel misconceptions about this issue.

“There’s a lot of misconception that it doesn’t happen here, in rural Michigan and we know that not to be true,” said Northeast Michigan Child and Family Services Director Stephanie Dettloff. “That really kind of brought this group together to provide some awareness and to create a human trafficking task force.”

Dettloff said anyone interested in joining the task force being formed is welcome. For more information you can call 989-356-4567.