This year FREED ran the SUDS program in late July, distributing a record number of posters and bars of soap in the Tri-Cities area.
SUDS stands for “Stopping Underage Domestic Sex trafficking.” FREED takes posters of missing girls, brochures with sex trafficking info and identifiers, and bars of soap with the National Trafficking Hotline to local hotels and motels during Water Follies Weekend (Hydroplane Races) when many tourists come to the area. During our 2014 3rd Annual SUDS Outreach, 27 hotels and motels participated, and over 5000 bars of soap were distributed.
Also in 2014, FREED added a complimentary dinner and informational seminar in conjunction with TC-CAT, on local sex trafficking, and invited hoteliers from around the Tri-Cities. Around 25 hoteliers from eight hotels attended, and heard from Det. Harrington, Benton County Assistant Prosecutor Laurel Whittier, and SARC Director JoDee Garretson.
For Additional information about the SUDS program contact Amber Bruce at Freed509@gmail.com.