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Mon, Apr 29


Rotary Club of Portland

Justice for Human Trafficking Victims Presentation (Portland New Generations Rotary)

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Justice for Human Trafficking Victims Presentation (Portland New Generations Rotary)
Justice for Human Trafficking Victims Presentation (Portland New Generations Rotary)

Time & Location

Apr 29, 2019, 5:30 PM

Rotary Club of Portland, 1220 SW Morrison St #425, Portland, OR 97205, USA

About the event

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.

Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement.

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

Many myths and misconceptions exist. Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Not all indicators listed are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

Raising awareness of the issue of human trafficking in our community is an important component of the effort to combat the problem. Joel will share some compelling “war stories” and discuss cases he has litigated. You will find his presentation to be eye-opening.

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