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Red Sand Project using art to raise awareness of human trafficking

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - You may see something different when you step out on the sidewalk this week.

Two Grand Forks residents have joined forces with the Red Sand Project, a public, participation-driven art project that draws attention to human trafficking.

The local campaign has 300 pouches of red sand to be poured by participants into cracks in city sidewalks, meant to represent victims who have slipped through the cracks themselves.

One organizer says reminding people slavery still exists is an important first step.

"Throughout history for much of the population, slavery has been somewhat invisible like it is today, we don't see it so we don't think about it on a day to day basis, so the first thing we have to do is have conversations, and that's what this is all about,” said organizer Nikki Bergburin.

The group held a gathering and handed out red sand pouches Thursday evening at Arbor Park. Pouches will also be available at Saturday's farmer's market.