WASHINGTON, D.C. – You’ve no doubt heard of Bat Day or Banner Day at Major League Baseball games, but Thursday night’s contest between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies was a first. It was Anti-Human Trafficking Night at Nationals Park.
The D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force asked for a night to spread public awareness of the issue. The Washington Nationals complied.
The task force sold t-shirts to raise money for their cause. It claims that on any given day roughly 27 million people around the world are kept as slaves.
The State Department’s point person on human trafficking was honored before the game. Ambassador Luis de Baca told FOX 5 about the case of a Sony Corp. executive in Los Angeles who, along with his wife, kept their maid as a slave. It was investigated by the Justice Department.
Now, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington is prosecuting a 42-year-old Temple Hills man who has been indicted on charges he kept young girls to work as prostitutes on the streets of D.C.
To see what Anti-Human Trafficking Night at the ballpark was like, check out our story that aired during the FOX 5 News at 10.