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Orange County Unites: 3rd Annual Red Sand Project Fights Human Trafficking

Today, the sidewalks of the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) were transformed in a striking yet somber way. The 3rd Annual Orange County Red Sand Project, an event honoring National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, brought a sea of red sand to the cracks of the OCSO's sidewalks and parking lot. But this was no ordinary decoration; it carried a deep and urgent message.

This red sand, carefully spread by the hands of those committed to the cause, symbolizes the overlooked victims of human trafficking – those who, tragically, fall through the cracks of our society. It's a visual and heart-wrenching reminder of the hidden and often ignored plight of countless individuals.

The event was a testament to collaboration and unity in the fight against human trafficking. Joining hands with OCSO were key partners like the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, the Orlando Police Department, State Attorney Andrew A. Bain, the Orange County Government, Representative Anna V. Eskamani, and dedicated organizations like the Central Florida Human Trafficking Task Force, the Tri-County Alliance On Human Trafficking, and One More Child.

The message from OCSO and its partners was clear and resolute: they will never cease in their fight to protect the vulnerable in our community. In a heartfelt appeal, they urged the public to stay alert and report any signs of human trafficking. Whether it’s a call to 911, Central Florida Crimeline, or the National Human Trafficking Hotline, every bit of information counts.

The Red Sand Project isn’t just an event; it’s a symbol of hope and a call to action. It’s a powerful reminder that together, we can make a difference, and that those who are most at risk of exploitation should never remain unseen. Today, Orange County didn’t just spread sand; they spread awareness, compassion, and a commitment to change.



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