Mar 31, 2016 10:06 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The Fifth Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference is scheduled for Monday April 11th and Tuesday April 12th at CSU, Chico. It's hosted by students in the "stop Trafficking of Persons" (STOP) club and is free of charge.
At 6:30 p.m. on April 11, trafficking survivor Stacey Jewell Lewis will perform her play "7 Layers Captive," which was recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and depicts the psychological hold traffickers often have over their victims.
On April 12, also at 6:30 p.m., a training is being offered to help campus and community members recognize and respond to human trafficking activities and support local law enforcement in their efforts. The training will be led by Carissa Phelps, child-trafficking survivor and author of "Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets."
Both events are being held in the Bell Memorial Union on the Chico State campus.
According to the "Polaris Project", in 2010 an estimated 27 million people were enslaved across the world, and the trafficking industry profited nearly $32 billion annually.
Eighty percent of transnational victims were women and girls; 2 million children each year were exploited by the global commercial sex trade.
To learn more about the conference or STOP, visit www.csuchico.edu/stop