Cameron University’s Criminal Justice Association to observe Human Trafficking Awareness Month with community presentation

Cameron University’s Criminal Justice Association will observe Human Trafficking Awareness Month with a community presentation on Monday, January 22 at 4 p.m. in the Shepler Ballroom. The presentation is open to the public at no charge and is held in partnership with The Red Cord, a local organization that is committed to raising awareness of human trafficking in southwest Oklahoma. For more information, contact Rick Lowe, faculty advisor to the Criminal Justice Association, at rlowe@cameron.edu or at (580) 581-2951.

During the presentation, representatives from The Red Cord will provide information regarding the problem of human trafficking in Oklahoma as well as information to help citizens recognize the indicators and signs associated with sex trafficking. Speakers include Cindy Evans, founder of The Red Cord, and Joe Mobley, Vice President of The Red Cord. Both have been trained by the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force. Evans is also a member of the task force.

According to The Red Cord, human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit someone for labor or commercial sex.  Any minor exploited for commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide; no industry or country is immune from this problem. Traffickers prey on people who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, including economic hardship, violence in the home, natural disasters, immaturity, homelessness, mental/emotional instability, etc.

Victims of human trafficking can be any age, race, gender or nationality, including U.S. citizens, and may be found in homes, schools, churches, hotels, restaurants, bars, sporting events, highway rest areas, truck stops, train stations, airports, or neighborhood parks. Because victims may be in plain sight, it is critical that community members learn the signs and indicators of human trafficking to take the first step toward identifying victims and bringing traffickers to justice.

The presentation is being held in conjunction with Cameron’s current academic festival, “American Identities in the 21st Century” as part of the sub-theme “Social Justice and the American Dream.”

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