In the news: Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey and its Golden Z club raise awareness to combat human trafficking

This week, the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey held its annual “Zonta Says No to Human Trafficking” Rally at the State Capitol.

According to advocates, the human trafficking industry generates more than $32 billion each year and occurs all over the world, including right here in the commonwealth. It can occur in restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, farms, factories, and even in homes as the result of force, fraud, coercion, and other trafficker tactics. 

“Human trafficking is a criminal enterprise that operates and hides in plain sight,” said Rhonda Hendrickson, Chief Operations Officer of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. “Traffickers hone their skills each and every day and their recruitment tactics, they perfect- manipulating, coercing and, yes, even forcing victims into exploitation,” she added. 

Advocates believe thousands are trafficked through the keystone state each day but say that it’s difficult to estimate an exact number because too often, trafficking goes unreported.

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