Most people think of slavery in the past tense. Unfortunately, slavery still exists, even in the USA. Now we call it â€œhuman trafficking.â€ People right here in Indiana are being trafficked for the sex trade. Other people are tricked into fake jobs that end up being unpaid work under duress. Children and young adults are among those trafficked, but people of all ages can be victims.
To learn more about the issue of human trafficking, the public is invited to a program at 2 p.m., Saturday, Â April 22 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3628 W. Johnson Rd. LaPorte. The program is sponsored by the Michigan City Affiliate of the American Association of University Women.
Speaker for the program is Michael Velasco, a board member of Sharing Hope Across the Region Through Education. SHARE is a human rights organization which is focused on advocating for victims of human trafficking.
AAUW also is advocating for survivors of human trafficking. Part of the advocacy involves posting of the National Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888, #endsextrafficking) in all public places as well as on the internet.Â Another issue involves passing Vacatur laws in all states. Vacatur laws allow courts to vacate convictions for criminal activity for persons who are forced into such activity. These laws allow a rescued victim to better get on with their lives without criminal records. Eighteen states have such laws on the books, but Indiana is not one of them.
Walk-ins aare welcome.