Despite what many want to believe, the sale of humans for sexual and other forms of exploitation is an issue in the United States. It even affects our local community.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center reported 96 calls from Wisconsin in the first six months of 2013. In July 2012, an FBI sting in Milwaukee led to 58 arrests and the recovery of seven trafficked children. The July 2013 sting led to more than 80 arrests and the recovery of 10 child victims.
After its Swinging for Change fundraiser Nov. 6-7, 2013, that benefited local nonprofit organization Exploit No More, the Carroll University community has the opportunity for deeper reflection and discussion on the topic of human trafficking.
A panel presentation will be led by experts in the field on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Stackner Ballroom of the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public.
Speakers will include Pastor Jason Butler, president of Exploit No More; Chad Elgersma, Human Trafficking Squad Supervisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Laura Johnson, a survivor of sex trafficking; and Dr. Debbie Lassiter, CEO and co-founder of the Convergence Resource Center in Milwaukee, which helps women become self-sufficient, responsible and productive members of society.
The Stop Human Trafficking panel discussion 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.
This event is sponsored by Carroll University’s Spiritual Life Advisory Board. For more information, contact Rev. Bill Humphreys at firstname.lastname@example.org.