The Mesa City Council announced a Proclamation establishing June 26-July 2 as Human Trafficking Awareness Week in Mesa, Arizona.
Mesa law enforcement and officials have taken up the fight against human trafficking, working with Shared Hope and the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network to tackle and prevent exploitation in the City. In 2015 the Mesa Police Department initiated Project Blue Heat to identify and rescue child sex trafficking victims, and to arrest predators.
In 2016, the Police Department created the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Squad (HEaT) and zeroed in on the traffickers and buyers as the offenders.
Thank you to Mayor John Giles for putting your hand to proclaiming Human Trafficking Awareness Week!