Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. It is defined as the “recruiting, harboring, transportation, providing, or obtaining of a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through force, fraud, or coercion” (U.S. Department of State).
If you think human trafficking only happens in third world countries, think again. Experts who work with victims of sexual crimes say thousands of minors are sold into human trafficking right here in West Michigan communities.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates 300,000 minors are at risk of being sold every year in the U.S.
“Unfortunately the state department estimates in West Michigan alone, there are 2,400 minors for sale at any given time, mostly on the internet. And this is in the land of the free, ”
–Rebecca McDonald, founder and president of Women At Risk International.
Rebecca is just one of the speakers who will speak at a Human Trafficking, First Responder Training event this weekend at Ridge Point.
During the training, you will learn what makes a community susceptible to trafficking, how to identify a victim, how to respond to and report suspicious activity, and more. Discover helpful tips, action plans, and ways to protect the innocent.
You can register for the event here…
We hope to see you there,
Human Trafficking Ministry, Fearless Family of Churches