Anti-human trafficking forum planned in Norfolk

October 13, 2018

The Norfolk Rotary Club is sponsoring a public forum next week to share information about the issue of human trafficking.

Club members said they believe awareness is the first step in taking action against human trafficking, which is a global criminal atrocity. There also have been confirmed cases of human trafficking in rural Nebraska.

At the upcoming anti-human trafficking forum, those attending will have the opportunity to hear from Doug Peterson, Nebraska attorney general; Stephen Patrick O’Meara, the former Nebraska Human Trafficking Coalition coordinator; and Mike Bowersox of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

They will present factual information about the growing problem of human trafficking, forum organizers said. Attendees also will learn the red flags of trafficking so that suspected cases are recognized and reported, and victimized persons have access to needed services.

“Community-wide participation in this forum could have a lasting impact on the lives of thousands in our region — although, gaining the knowledge to potentially rescue one life from human trafficking is reason enough to attend,” organizers said. “Human trafficking is an issue that intersects age, race, and gender. Because it can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone, all interested community members are encouraged to attend. Parental discretion is advised for ages 12 and under.”

The forum is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast Community College campus from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Complimentary advance tickets can be secured by visiting https://norfolkrotary.com and clicking on “human trafficking forum registration” under the links. Tickets at the door will be $5.

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Want to learn more?

Persons needing more information can contact Troy Weyhrich, Rotary Club president, at 402-841-0665.

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