Illinois representatives bring issue of human trafficking to SIUE’s attention
Human trafficking has reached awareness at SIUE.
Human trafficking is defined as human trading, generally for the purposes of sexual slavery. Forced labor is also considered trafficking. Traffickers often target victims of young ages for easier manipulation. Young girls and boys are abducted, kidnapped and misled into sex slavery.
Representative Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Representative John Shimkus, R-Ill., hosted a summit on human trafficking Monday, July 14, to help raise awareness of the gruesome issue. Davis said the issue of human trafficking is to be taken seriously by all, for it can happen to anyone.
“It’s a very important issue, and I hope it’s an issue that we talk about even more,” Davis said.
Representative Ann Wagner, R-Mo., had similar feelings.
“This issue is near and dear to my heart,” Wagner said. “There are over 300,000 of our children who are at risk.”
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