Addressing Human Trafficking in Our Community
Women and girls as young as seven sold to brothels. Boys forced to dive into water after pearls without pay, sometimes becoming entangled in fishing nets and drowning. Children compelled to become soldiers.
Human trafficking is a $32 billion global industry involving millions of people worldwide; its victims are mostly children.
Human trafficking is a problem in Guatemala. Human trafficking is a problem in Romania. Human trafficking is a problem in India, Cambodia and Ghana.
Human trafficking is a problem in Kansas.
Since Topeka Center for Peace and Justice first brought this problem to the attention of local citizens, things have happened quickly. An independent group, Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery (STARS) formed to address this problem. Under the leadership of Washburn University professor Sharon Sullivan, the Task Force includes educators, clergy, concerned citizens and local law enforcement officials.
STARS regards their current mission as primarily educational. In an attempt to increase awareness among the citizens of Topeka of the extent of modern slavery and human trafficking, Sullivan and others have given more than half a dozen presentations to churches and local groups. If your church, school or group would like to view of one several documentaries that are available to make arrangements for a presentation, contact the Peace Center, 232-4388, or Sullivan, 670-2246.