Area organizations to highlight, educate residents on human trafficking

Human Trafficking
A 2009 U.S. Department of Justice report states that there were 1,229 suspected incidents of human trafficking incidents in the U.S. from January 2007 through September 2008. — photo by Denise Rowlands

A number of area organizations are set to host a human trafficking awareness event, entitled “Human Trafficking: How You Can Be Part of the Solution,” on Sept. 25 at Hotel Vetro from 7-9 p.m. The event is intended to raise awareness on the issue by educating the public on how to recognize human trafficking, as well as who to call for help.

Speakers will include the foster mother of a former victim, in addition to representatives from the FBI and state attorney general’s office. The event will focus on how law enforcement is finding and prosecuting traffickers, and how the Iowa DOT is working with Truckers Against Trafficking in order to better educate drivers on how to identify potential victims. A group that aids victims once they are rescued will also be present, with a Q&A panel discussion to follow.

The event is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City, Hotel Vetro, Braking Traffik out of the Quad Cities, Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Truckers Against Trafficking.

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