'Close-Up on Human Trafficking' set for April 9 at Akron General Health & Wellness Center West

AKRON, Ohio - The Akron General Health and Wellness Center West is hosting a human trafficking program Tuesday.

"Close-Up on Human Trafficking" will give the latest information on the fastest growing criminal enterprise worldwide, specifically about domestic sex trafficking of minors. It will also help debunk common myths of both perpetrators and victims.

Presenters at the program will also help professionals and parents understand how to identify victims as well as youth who are at risk for future trafficking.

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults 18 and over who are coerced into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of labor or services.

Ohio is not immune to the human trafficking plague. Each year more than 1,000 children become victims of the crime, causing the governor and attorney general to become involved in identifying and stopping this modern day form of slavery.

"Close-Up" will also discuss research and education, along with interventions and recommendations, while providing information on general and specific risk factors common among victims.

To register, call Summit County Children Services at (330) 379-1994 or visit summitkids.org.

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