Churches on the Streets will hold a special workshop later this month on the topic of human trafficking. It’s not an easy topic to discuss, but it’s a growing problem and the group believes education is a good first step for people to get involved and make a difference.
Human trafficking comes in many forms, including in a recent case out of the Metro East involving forced child prostitution. A 15-year-old girl was reportedly grabbed from a street in Madison in June and forced into selling her body for several weeks this summer until she was able to escape and seek help. A man and woman from Park Hills, Missouri, are facing charges in her case. Angela Valdes with Churches on the Streets says trafficking can involve any type of forced labor, but the stories of the sex trade are the most troubling:
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The workshop on how to recognize the signs and what to d about it will be held at Cornerstone Church in Bethalto on Wednesday September 16 from 10am-Noon. To RSVP, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking of any kind, you can call 1-888-373-7888, or you can text “info” to 233733.
Listen to the full interview on the topic from Let's Talk - Sept. 2. Click the LISTEN tab above and scroll down.