Cocke County Participates In Red Sand Project
The Tennessee Department of Health and community partners across the state are coming together this week during Human Trafficking Awareness Week to participate in the Red Sand Project.
The Red Sand Project is an interactive art exhibition designed to bring awareness, recognize and help bring an end to human trafficking. The red sand in the sidewalk installations is created to show how human trafficking survivors have fallen in the cracks in society. Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, continues to remain a major public health concern. In fact, it’s estimated that 40.3 million people are being trafficked worldwide. In 2020, there were 165 cases reported in Tennessee. Communities across the state are creating art installations this week by pouring natural, non-toxic red sand in sidewalk cracks as well as hosting educational events.
The Cocke County Health Department along with several Cocke County businesses are participating in The Red Sand Project. Participating businesses and organizations:
Wilson’s Sav-Mor Drugs
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center
Quality Plumbing Heating and Cooling
Keurig Dr. Pepper
Isaiah 117 House Cocke County
Lowland Credit Union
ALPS Adult Day Services
Hope House of Cocke County
First United Methodist Church
Sam’s Club Knoxville
The Cocke County Partnership
ETHRA Office on Aging