Talk on hu­man traf­fick­ing planned for Jan­uary 11

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School -

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]

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