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FGCU Honors Program Hosts National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event
1/5/2010

FORT MYERS, FL - Students in the honors program at Florida Gulf Coast University, together with The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Global Child Rescue and Klass Kids Foundation, invite the public to a free training about domestic trafficking awareness 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Academic Building 5, Room 112 on campus.

Keynote speaker is Mark Klaas, president of Klaas Kids Foundation. The training will be led by Brad Dennis, Search and Rescue director at Klaas Kids Foundation.

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of American citizens or lawful permanent resident children through prostitution or pornography or sexual performance for monetary or other compensation (shelter, food or drugs).

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) 2000, including subsequent reauthorizations, has defined all minors involved in commercial sex acts as human trafficking, including minors who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. However, many domestic minor sex trafficking victims, instead of receiving the services they need, are detained in the criminal justice system under charges of prostitution.

The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Shared Hope International, Global Child Rescue, Klaas Kids and Kristi's House are the only agencies in the state of Florida that provide services to domestic trafficking victims.

Parents, guardians, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, teachers, school administrators, government officials, DCF Child Protective investigators, victim and child advocates, medical and counseling professionals are encouraged to attend the event.

For more information about domestic sex trafficking, contact The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking at (239) 390-3350, or (239) 947-2452.

For further information, media representatives should contact associate professor Sean Kelly, FGCU Honors Program at (239) 590-7440.

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