PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Student activists, professors and staff at Community College of Philadelphia staged events Tuesday to uncover what they say is an ugly secret in society.
They marched on campus for the Red Sand Walk, spreading red-colored sand in the cracks in sidewalks to get the school community to join the fight to stop human trafficking.READ MORE: Double Shooting Leaves Man, Woman Dead In Philadelphia's Fairhill Section, Police Say
Nicole Valdino, a sociology professor and organizer, says it’s an issue that has been exposed right here in Philadelphia.READ MORE: Donald Grier, Arrested, Charged With First-Degree Murder In Connection To Triple Homicide In Townsend, New Castle County, Police Say
“We’ve had students say, ‘You know what, I was trafficked. I didn’t even realize I was labor trafficked.’ So, it is happening,” Valdino said. “It’s not all just marginalized individuals. It’s happening throughout our society and it’s very important that we become aware of it and make others aware.”
Professor Ari Bank says millions are enslaved as child laborers to produce clothing, shoes and other commodities.MORE NEWS: Police Identify Man Killed In North Philadelphia Hit-And-Run As 64-Year-Old Raymond Hodgins
“Who made this, was it a high-paid corporate executive in Bangladesh or was it some 9-year-old kid maybe getting paid 2 cents for the whole day?” he said.