Symposium on human trafficking set for Saturday

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 5:41 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A community symposium on human trafficking, called No /MO/re Slaves!, will be held Saturday to educate and motivate the community to end modern slavery. 

The event is being hosted by The Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, a charitable organization founded in 2008 to prevent forced labor and sexual exploitation of adults and children. 

People who have been working to combat human trafficking will participate in a panel discussion. Kylla Leeburg ,co-founder of Truckers Against Trafficking in Tulsa, Okla., will speak at the symposium.

Registration is $25 per person, $40 per family and $5 per student. Registration can be completed online or at the event and includes a membership in the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition.

The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Parkade Center, 601 Business Loop 70 W. There will be refreshments, live entertainment, fair trade products,  readings of survivors' stories and a reception.

According to a Vox Magazine article, in the Western District of Missouri more than 70 human trafficking cases have been investigated, more than 30 federal and state cases have been opened, 41 traffickers have been charged, and 36 people have been prosecuted since launching the federally funded Human Trafficking Project in 2006.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.

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