Tuesday, March 28, 2023

“Hidden in Plain Sight,” an investigation into human trafficking airs on WTKR channel 3 this Sunday

Samaritan House is proud to present its third annual televised event, “Hidden In Plain Sight,” a unique collaboration between Samaritan House and WTKR News Channel 3 that examines the issues surrounding human trafficking in Hampton Roads. Anchored by WTKR reporters Jessica Larche and Zak Dahlheimer, the WTKR investigative news team speaks to survivors, and experts in the area helping survivors of human trafficking heal and lead productive lives. “Hidden In Plain Sight” will air June 26 at 8 p.m. on WTKR Channel 3.

“Hidden In Plain Sight” marks the third time Samaritan House has produced a televised awareness building and fundraising event developed because of restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Not only have these televised events raised much needed funding, but they are an integral tool in helping to raise awareness of the issues of domestic violence and human trafficking.

“Virginia ranks 15th in the nation in human trafficking cases and Hampton Roads is central to this illegal activity,” said Robin Gauthier, Samaritan House’s Executive Director. “Samaritan House and other members of the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force work very closely to serve those in need. We are very happy that WTKR has joined our effort to educate the public about how human trafficking works and exists in our community.”

“Hidden In Plain Sight” explores human sex trafficking, labor trafficking on the Eastern Shore, how to talk to your children about trafficking, speaks to survivors and how therapy can help survivors move onto a productive life.

“Hidden in Plain Sight” has been made possible via support from the Hampton Roads business community including major sponsors such as Langley For Families, E2M Fitness, WTKR Channel 3, PRA Group, GFL Environmental, Dollar Bank, GBS Group, Newport News Shipbuilding, Drucker + Falk and others dedicated to making Hampton Roads a better place to live.  To learn more about this unique event, please visit: www.samaritanhouseva.org/hips22/.

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