Poster contest to help combat human trafficking | Schools
ATLANTA -- All Georgia high school students are invited to participate in a poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing human sex trafficking.
The contest, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in grades nine through 12.
The posters' primary focus should be the national hotline (1-888-373-7888), presented in a creative way to grab people's attention. Judges will pick two winners -- one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster -- from each of the state's 16 Regional Education Service Agencies.
Regional winners will receive cash prizes -- $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The winning posters will also be displayed in schools across the region.
Two state winners -- one in English and one in Spanish -- will each receive $250.
Poster submissions are due no later than March 16, 2012. Visit the Georgia Department of Education website for more information.
An estimate 5,000 girls are victims of sex trafficking in Georgia every year, according to a statement from the Department of Education. Therefore, state officials recognize the importance of educating today's students on this practice and equipping them with the tools needed to combat trafficking.