May 11, 2012
A diverse group of about 25 — students, faculty, and staff joined together on Tuesday, May 8th to learn more about Trafficking.
We learned about local Human Trafficking from the perspective of two members of the local task force on Trafficking — a police officer and an FBI agent.What we heard sparked an energetic discussion about how we can impact change by taking steps to change laws so that the criminals (pimps and Johns) in the metro area can be held to greater accountability for their crimes.
We also hold in mind the countless children, women, and men who are trafficked across our planet. Some are sold into the sex trade, others are used for dangerous or difficult labor working long hours in horrific conditions, still others are used as domestic servants.
At Marylhurst we are united with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in their public stance to end human trafficking.
Our next gathering on Trafficking will be held on Tuesday, June 12th from 12:00 – 1:00.
Those of you in the Portland area might also be interested in a panel on Trafficking which will be held at West Linn Lutheran Church (right down the road from the university) 20390 Willamette Dr. (hwy 43) on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 pm.