The Rotary Club of Springdale and the Rotary Club of Fayetteville are joining forces to present A Day of Awareness to End Human Trafficking. This program, scheduled for April 30, 2018, at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale, 922 East Emma Avenue, is to bring awareness, attention, and understanding to the issue of human trafficking in Northwest Arkansas. The event is sponsored in part by the Jones Center for Families.
Human trafficking, sometimes called modern slavery, is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or services or a commercial sex act. Any commercial sex act involving a person under the age of eighteen is unlawful in Arkansas and under federal law. Sex trafficking is better recognized and more frequently prosecuted, but both sex and labor trafficking are a growing concern in the United States, and in Northwest Arkansas. In order to address a problem, we first must recognize it exists: that knowledge is the purpose of this Day of Awareness.
Speakers will address a wide range of perspectives. Topics include general information on human trafficking; incidences of trafficking in Arkansas; recognizing trafficking in various setting; remedies and assistance for survivors; and protecting children online and in social media. Two hours of continuing education credit is available for counselors, and six hours of continuing legal education and CLEST credit have been requested.
Additional information, online registration, and printable registration forms are available at springdalerotary.org.