Talk on human trafficking planned for January 11
STEVENSVILLE — Stevensville Lighthouse Aglow International, Eastern Shore Human Trafficking Task Force and For All Seasons Inc. serving Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties are sponsoring a discussion on human trafficking at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Kent Island Library, 200 Librar y Circle, Stevensville.
Human trafficking in both its forms, sex and labor exploitation, takes place right here on the Eastern Shore. The key to preventing and stopping it is through public awareness and knowledge. On Jan. 11, a public discussion will take place to increase awareness and equip everyone to do his and her parts to deal with these evil crimes.
Speakers include Ed Thomas, Mid-Atlantic Aglow Region, antihuman trafficking coordinator, who will outline why human trafficking occurs and what you can do about it; Katherine Petzold, anti-human trafficking program coordinator, For All Seasons, who will describe the services available to help victims and survivors of human trafficking and abuse; and Kim Hendricks, Eastern Shore Human Trafficking Task Force, who will provide information regarding resources available to equip students to avoid becoming victims.
Young teens, adolescents, minors and adults are actual and potential victims. Pimps, predators, traffickers and other criminals use drugs, social media, friendships to trap and keep unsuspecting children and adults into ugly and extremely dangerous and damaging life styles. This will be an informal gathering providing information and answering questions to equip parents, grandparents, other relatives, friends, law enforcement officers, teachers, medical professionals, social works and the general public to protect our children.
For more information, contact Stevensvillelighthousea[email protected] gmail.com.