Tomorrow: Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Trafficking in Ohio

Lisa Thompson is Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking at The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters in Virginia.

Tomorrow, Friday, August 24, she will be concluding a week-long tour of Ohio cities with a Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Trafficking at The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati’s facility, 114 E. Central Parkway, 45202.  The 90-minute Roundtable Discussion, which begins at 9:00 AM, is co-sponsored by The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Other panelists in the Discussion include El DeRomano, trafficking survivor and president of Wake Up Youth, Inc.; Kathleen YS Davis, Ohio Coordinator for the Polaris Project; and CCV’s own vice president of public policy, David Miller.

If at all possible, please makes plans to attend tomorrow’s Roundtable Discussion.

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world, and the fastest growing.  Approximately 600,000 to 800,000 victims annually are trafficked across international borders worldwide.

But human trafficking is NOT just an international problem.  Between 14,500 and 17,500 of those trafficked victims are trafficked into the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of State.

Further, it is a local problem!

The purpose of Lisa’s tour is to increase awareness that Ohio is a hub for human trafficking into the commercial sex industry.

In light of the current referendum effort to prevent the recently passed Community Defense Act (CDA)from becoming effective as scheduled, Lisa’s tour is particularly timely.  CDA is the law that would curb human trafficking and the many other crimes associated with sexually oriented businesses in Ohio.

Click here to read an interview with Lisa that appeared in yesterday’s CitizenLink, an e-mail alert of Focus on the Family Action.