ITEMS SOUGHT FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING
In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the office of Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, is gathering supplies for victims of human trafficking. “Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, and California is a top destination for trafficking victims,” Olsen said in a news release Wednesday. “We have a responsibility to support victims when they are rescued and help them become survivors.” Debbie Johnson, founder of the Modesto-based nonprofit group Without Permission, said “girls only have the clothes on their backs when they are rescued, and are in need of basic goods such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and feminine care products.” Without Permission distributes backpacks filled with basic necessities to first responders, who in turn give the Bags of Compassion to victims. Through January, personal care items will be collected at the assemblywoman’s office, 3719 Tully Road, Modesto. For a detailed list of what individuals can donate, visit Olsen’s website at http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/AD12, or call her office at (209) 576-6425. Dropoff hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.