Idaho Anti Trafficking Coalition will send a bold message on Black Friday

Posted at 5:01 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 19:01:24-05

The Idaho Anti Trafficking Coalition fights against human trafficking, this Black Friday they will display a bold message in an attempt to raise awareness and get donations for the first ever sanctuary for exploited children in Idaho.

"Our kids are being sold and they are being bought," said Jennifer Zielinski the Executive Director of the Idaho Anti Trafficking Coalition. "We have a very skewed understanding of the level at which we allow our children to be put in a box."

The display that resembles a life-size doll with a real girl inside points to the fact that in 2017 two million people were victims of human trafficking across the globe and it's happening here in Idaho too.

"It's a multi-billion dollar industry and it is going to continue until we diminish the demand," said Zielinski. "Our laws in Idaho are not feared by buyers or sellers."

The Idaho Anti Trafficking Coalition be at the Village in Meridian and in Nampa on Black Friday where they will be seeking one dollar donations that will go towards the Solace House.

Plans are underway to open the Solace House in the spring of 2019, it will be the first safe house designed to help children who get exploited by human trafficking in Idaho.