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Transit and Human Trafficking

March 31, 2019

Every day, human traffickers illegally transport an estimated 40 million men, women and children, worldwide. These victims are exploited and forced into servitude in multiple industries, including commercial sex. Arizona is also dealing with this issue, with over 2,000 calls and over 800 cases reported between 2012 and 2018. Human trafficking is modern slavery, pure and simple.

The statistics are disheartening, but you can help. During Arizona’s 32nd Annual Statewide Transit Conference a special panel on this subject will be open to the public with no admission cost.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 to learn more about human trafficking. The Keynote Panel: Arizona Transit on the Lookout to Fight Human Trafficking will feature speakers from a range of organizations. They will speak specifically about transit, human trafficking and the methods that have proven effective to combat it.

Annie Sovcik, Program Director for Busing on the Lookout, will provide an overview of the topic. Also speaking at the panel is Liz Williamson, Survivor-Advocate, who will provide a survivor’s perspective on sex trafficking.

Specifically focused on Human Trafficking in Arizona are speakers Sgt. Mark Doty, Drug Enforcement Bureau, Phoenix Police Department; Detective Rachel de la Torre, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Crimes Against Children Coordinator; and Lisa Lucchesi, Child Welfare Project Coordinator/Human Trafficking Project Coordinator Mercy Care Arizona.

We look forward to seeing you at this free, open to the public event. Please click HERE to RSVP.