Last month, Livermore Police Department arrested the owner of two local massage parlors where Chinese immigrants were allegedly forced to work as prostitutes. Now, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has begun a campaign to remind the public that human trafficking is everyone’s problem. We commend them for doing so.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, an appropriate time for us to be reminded of a criminal enterprise that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has called a “modern version of slavery.” As if to prove the point, Livermore PD rescued some 25 Chinese women during its recent investigation.

“Human trafficking is big business,” County D.A. Nancy O’Malley points out. The criminals who engage in it make “hundreds of billions of dollars” each year “by tricking and trapping millions of victims in horrific situations around the world.” Anti-trafficking notices are now appearing on buses and in other public places, reminding us that we can all play a role in combating this scourge. Join the fight. Learn more online at HEATWatch.org.