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Local Leaders to Hold Human Trafficking Awareness Event

The event will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Roswell.

Think human trafficking is a third-world problem? Think again. While .

It's one of the many reasons Roswell Rotary will host "Stop Human Trafficking Now" next week. 

“We feel Rotary is the missing link and are very excited for Rotary to get involved in this and feel we could really help make a difference to Stop Human Trafficking" said Roswell Rotary President Dave McCleary.

This meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28, will be one of the club's most informative and inspiring yet, say organizers. The goal is to develop an educational and awareness program that can be implemented though out our district and eventually Rotary International. Representatives from Wellspring Living and Street Grace, Judge Bill Riley and a victim of Human Trafficking, who has a compelling story of being trafficked and how Wellspring helped her restore her life will form a discussion panel, . The Roswell club has invited area pastors, principals and law enforcement to be a part of the audience, in an effort to get more people on board with stemming the prevalence of the issue.

The free event, Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road, is open to the public. For questions or to RSVP dmccleary@roswellrotary.com. or call 678-318-3647.

For more information, please refer to the Roswell Rotary website at www.roswellrotary.com.

Norma Jean Almodovar August 18, 2012 at 07:30 PM
In the US and around the world, the majority of victims of human trafficking are forced into domestic servitude, agriculture and garment manufacturing (also known as sweat shops). In as much as the majority of persons who work in those areas of labor are NOT victims of human trafficking, why do so many religious groups feel compelled to conflate sex WORK (consenting adult prostitution) with sex TRAFFICKING? The majority of us are adult and consent, even if your religious leaders make you believe otherwise. There are far more victims of intimate partner violence in the US every year (according to the US Government- there are over 12 MILLION incidents of intimate partner violence each year) than even the greatest number of alleged victims of human trafficking... which, according to the US Government report issued in 2011, amounted to 601 cases A YEAR. Perhaps the Rotary ought to get involved in stopping domestic violence and rape (over 80,000 per year reported, 20% of which are solved by arrest)- which are far more prevalent than human trafficking, regardless of the conflation of sex work and sex trafficking that religious folks and radical feminists seem bound and determined to keep conflating. The majority of us sex workers do not need to "have our lives restored," except after we are arrested and rescued for 'our own good.' Then we'd like very much to restore our lives to where we, as adult women, can make choices for ourselves.
Norma Jean Almodovar August 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The poster in the image in your article which states "an estimated 300,000 women and children are sold for commercial sex in the US today" is utter rubbish. These fraudulent statistics are made up by ideologically biased folks with an agenda. Human trafficking into domestic servitude is a far greater problem when women and children around the world AND in the US are sold into domestic slavery every year... why no crusade to abolish domestic service? As for victims of sex trafficking, Ohio's State Attorney General recently commissioned a study of the domestic sex trafficking in that state, and the report was published a few weeks ago. The number one buyers of sex from both underage victims of sex trafficking and adults were LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS! Unfortunately this is true the world over... so are the majority of alleged 300,000 women and children whom you claim to be 'sold into commercial sex' also victims of law enforcement agents? What does the Rotary Club plan to do about THAT?
Joyce E Mitchell August 19, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Human trafficking is a big subject. When the media in Atlanta cover the topic of human trafficking, the focus tends to stay on the sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18, which of course gets everyone worked up. As it should. So, personally, that's what I'd like to understand. And it hasn't been easy. GSU's Mary Finn's findings were of interest to me, especially since it's one of the few secular reports I could find on the subject specific to the Atlanta problem. And it gave me serious pause, if only because it's methodologies (and findings) run counter to the Schapiro report. No disrespect to the Schapiro report often cited by Atlanta media, but we need better information from secular agencies with empirical standards than the emotional rhetoric that currently seeks to educate us on this subject. People want to understand and help, but they don't want to be duped or promulgate propaganda. I would love to go to this meeting, because I would love an objective understanding of not only this problem, but the other areas of human trafficking in Atlanta. http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2011-11-03/news/commercial-sexual-exploitation-of-children-john-jay-college-ric-curtis-meredith-dank-underage-prostitution-sex-trafficking-minors/

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