In a partnership with the Kansas Association for Family & Community Education (FCE), Benedictine College brought a diverse panel of attorneys, experts, and those who have personally experienced sex trafficking to campus on October 10 to educate the campus community on the issues surrounding human trafficking. The title of the event was “Human Trafficking: Slavery Still Exists” and the evening included a discussion on the history of human trafficking as well as education on how it is present in the local area. Located in Atchison, KS Benedictine College is very close to the large metropolitan area of Kansas City, which like many other urban areas has been identified as a major center of trafficking.
The panel aimed to raise awareness of the overall issue as well as education on the warning signs of victimization and possible ways to help combat human trafficking. This panel offered participants a way to learn more about a crisis that impacts people globally as well as in their own cities. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers additional resources for learning more about this issue through their Anti-Trafficking Program. Benedictine’s panel is a great step in helping people become informed, which the USCCB identifies as an important way to help fight human trafficking.
Another way to join the fight is by becoming an ethical consumer. To find out how your actions contribute to or reduce the demand for human trafficking, visit www.slaveryfootprint.org and www.knowthechain.org. To continue learning about human trafficking and how the Church is called to respond visit the USCCB Anti-Trafficking Program website, here.