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Posted by Ashley Eure

As the National Day of Awareness for Human Trafficking approaches on January 11th, we recognize that the threat of trafficking is never far for children who are orphaned or vulnerable. Without the stability and protection of family, these children are particularly susceptible to exploitation. It is estimated that 50% of trafficking victims are children. 5.5 million children have been forced into child labor or sex trafficking worldwide.

We also recoginze that the global tragedy is taking place right in our backyard. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states in the U.S. Last year, 160 male, female, and minor trafficking victims were reported here in Orange County. 75% of those victims were sex-trafficked and 20% were labor-trafficked. 36% of the sex trafficked victims were minors.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Join us on January 11th for the annual Human Trafficking Symposium, hosted by Saddleback Church’s Justice and Trafficking Initiative, to learn how you can make a difference locally and globally. The Symposium will feature several keynote speakers, including Elizabeth Styffe, Global Director of the Orphan Care and HIV&AIDS Initiatives at Saddleback Church.

The Human Trafficking Symposium will be held on January 11th from 8:30am-12:30pm in the Refinery building on the Lake Forest campus of Saddleback Church.

 

If you would like more information or would like to volunteer at the event at the Orphan Care table, please email orphans@saddleback.com.



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