After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with illegal arms dealing as the second largest criminal enterprise in the world today, and it is the fastest growing. There are two widespread misconceptions about human trafficking. The first is that it something that is most prevalent overseas in foreign countries. The second is that most women choose to prostitute themselves as a lifestyle choice.
The reality is that the vast majority of women being trafficked were forced or coerced into this hell on earth by the time that they were twelve years of age. It far from a lifestyle choice. For how many people would choose to have another being put out lit cigarettes on their flesh? And this evil is not restricted to some far way tropical locale. Oakland, California is an internationally recognized hub for the trafficking of children.
Overwhelmed? That is easily understood. You might have witnessed sad eyed young women standing on the streets corners and wondered, “Why can I do?”
On February 11, 2012, the Allen Temple Baptist Church Streets Disciples Ministry will host one of the leading voices in the fight to abolish this modern day form of slavery. Melissa Farley, a clinical and research psychologist heads a non-profit organization called, Prostitution Research and Education. The San Francisco based group conducts research on prostitution, pornography and trafficking, and offers education and consultation to researchers, survivors, the public and policy makers. The organization’s goal is to abolish the institution of prostitution while at the same time advocating for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution.
The event is being labeled, “Human Trafficking And What You Can Do About It: An Open Conversation with Melissa Farley.” Admission will be free. All are welcome.
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 2PM @Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA
More information can be found at www.allen-temple.org
For details contact: Rev. Harry Williams (510)508-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org