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Iowa’s Human Trafficking Problem Presentation/Discussion
January 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
IOWA’S HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROBLEM PRESENTATION/DISCUSSION – JAN 21, 2019
ALTOONA – Central Iowa’s human trafficking problem will be the focus of an evening presentation and discussion on Monday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. at Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church in Altoona.
Featured speakers will include Kellie Markey and Mary Kate Leister. Markey is the founder and director of Dorothy’s House, a central Iowa safe place for teen and young girls whose lives have been interrupted by the sex trafficking industry. Leister is the VOCA specialist at Teens Against Human Trafficking. The Iowa organization provides schools and students with training, tools and information needed to lead community prevention efforts.
In addition, local law enforcement representatives will speak about the history of human trafficking in central Iowa and their efforts to respond to the issue.
According to the 2016 U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report, human trafficking is a $150 billion industry, second only to illegal drug dealing. Worldwide, human trafficking affects more than 40 million people.
“The goal of this event is to increase awareness of the human trafficking problem in central Iowa and to explore how we, as a community, can be involved in a solution,” says Joe Antonelli, Ss John and Paul Parish Social Ministry Committee chairperson.
Generally, human trafficking is found in two forms, labor or sex trafficking. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Justice human trafficking task force, 83 percent of domestic sex trafficking victims identified were U.S. citizens. The average age that U.S. citizens are first used for commercial sex is 12–14.
Ss John and Paul Catholic Church is hosting the event as part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month. The event is free and open to the public, and is suitable for adults and older teens. Time will be given for questions and answers, and further discussion will follow the presentation.
For more information about human trafficking visit https://ssjohnpaul.org/human-trafficking