The Song Mar­ket

Ben­e­fit will help lo­cal non­profit serve sur­vivors of hu­man traf­fick­ing

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Sec­ond Life Ten­nessee will mark the Jan. 11 ob­ser­vance of Na­tional Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Aware­ness Day with a new event.

The non­profit is host­ing The Song Mar­ket — an evening of mu­sic that in­cludes a ven­dors mar­ket — at The Camp House from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fri­day.

Pro­ceeds will help Sec­ond Life Ten­nessee’s mis­sion of end­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing through ed­u­ca­tion and sur­vivor ser­vices. The non­profit helps sur­vivors of hu­man traf­fick­ing rein­te­grate into so­ci­ety.

SLT is the non­govern­men­tal agency se­lected in lower East Ten­nessee to fa­cil­i­tate and co­or­di­nate ser­vices in Chat­tanooga and 25 sur­round­ing coun­ties. Pre­ven­tion con­sists of host­ing monthly Hu­man Traf­fick­ing 101 sem­i­nars at the Fam­ily Jus­tice Cen­ter in Chat­tanooga.

Lilly Feliz, event or­ga­nizer, says the non­profit has been in ex­is­tence for 12 years. Last year alone, SLT had more than 20 clients in ad­di­tion to serv­ing more than 30 other peo­ple.

“The point of this is to bring aware­ness to the is­sue of hu­man traf­fick­ing,” she says. “We wanted to in­cor­po­rate other lo­cal artists and mu­si­cians to par­tic­i­pate in bring­ing a pos­i­tive light to the is­sue. Hu­man traf­fick­ing is a mod­ern-day form of slav­ery, so an event like this is to say, ‘Hey, we’re here, and here for a rea­son.’”

Mon­day Night So­cial and El Ban­dito will pro­vide mu­sic for danc­ing. Feliz says that 10 ven­dors have been sched­uled as of press time, in­clud­ing Elea Blake Cos­met­ics, Hat­tanooga, The Hart Gallery, Laura Beth Micheal and Ivory and Oak.

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Mon­day Night So­cial, above, and El Ban­dito will play at The Song Mar­ket on Fri­day night at The Camp House.

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