WAUKESHA, WIS.—Slavery still exists. Human trafficking is trade in humans, like drugs or weapons. Most often it refers to sexual exploitation. Although sex trafficking is perceived as a problem that only happens elsewhere, the truth is it occurs in nearly every community – urban or suburban, rural or city, rich or poor – across the United States. The Milwaukee area is no exception.
Exploit No More is a nonprofit organization that is committed to raising awareness to and eliminating child sex trafficking in Milwaukee. On Nov. 6 and 7, Carroll University will hold an event to benefit Exploit No More and uphold our Humanity.
Swinging for Change will give students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Waukesha community the opportunity to show their support by participating in a 27-hour swing-a-thon on Main Lawn. Two swings will be set up from 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, to noon on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The 27-hour duration represents the estimated 27 million people enslaved in the world today.
This second annual fundraiser was coordinated by Carroll’s Residential Life and Housing Department. In March 2013, Carroll raised $2,178 as more than 200 participants kept the swings going non-stop for 27 hours.
All proceeds will be donated to Exploit No More. To contribute, sponsor and lead one hour of swinging, or make a donation. Cash or checks, made payable to Exploit No More, will be accepted.
Swinging for Change is part of Carroll’s yearlong exploration of Humanity. In classrooms, workshops, lectures, discussions and through the performing arts, the campus community will examine how war, ethics, science, religion, hunger, abuse and lack of civility affect our humanity, both individually and collectively. For a complete list of Humanity events, visit http://www.carrollu.edu/events/humanity.asp.
For more information about this event or to schedule a time to swing, contact Jeremy Weaver, Steele/Swarthout community coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the issue of human trafficking in Milwaukee, visit exploitnomore.org.