On March 31st a Lieutenant from the Washington State Patrol Homeland Security Division was providing security inside the Colman Ferry Terminal and was contacted by an 18-year-old woman who stated she was the [survivor] of human trafficking. The [survivor] indicated she had managed to escape those responsible for her capture. The [survivor] was able to be safely connected with advocates in Seattle that will help with shelter and available resources. WSP detectives will continue to investigate the case and circumstances surrounding the incident.
It is important to be aware of the potential signs of human trafficking. With awareness and a mindset of see something, say something; we can continue to help [survivors] of this billion dollar industry. Please visit the Washington State Attorney General website at http://www.atg.wa.gov/human-trafficking for further information and resources.
WSP and Homeland Security
The Washington State Patrol’s Homeland Security Division has the duty and responsibility of keeping safe all of the estimated 24 million passengers and almost 11 million vehicles that transited on a Washington State Ferry in 2018. The WSP works very closely with our partners from the Washington State Ferry System and U.S. Coast Guard to ensure passenger’s safety.
Auburn Examiner Note: If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline, or our local organization – the Genesis Project. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.
The above is a press release from the WSP. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.