A silent epidemic in every zip code

College to host presentation on the world of human trafficking

By Kim Sorenson, News Editor

This Tuesday, March 15 at 1 p.m. in the Kehrl Auditorium, Schoolcraft College will host a presentation by Theresa Flores entitled “A Silent Epidemic in Every Neighborhood,” a speech on human trafficking. Flores is a licensed social worker and counselor from Metro Detroit, and a survivor of human trafficking herself. She is the author of the book “The Sex Slave Across the Street,” and has unique insight into the world of sex slavery. Flores will be on campus to discuss her personal story as well as an overview of the epidemic.

Tuesday, 3/15 at 1 p.m. in the Kehrl Auditorium, Schoolcraft College will host a presentation by Theresa Flores.

Tuesday, 3/15 at 1 p.m. in the Kehrl Auditorium, Schoolcraft College will host a presentation by Theresa Flores.

Modern day human trafficking is a major problem in America and around the world. While eradicating the problem is a very difficult and daunting task, education and awareness are the first steps. Flores will be speaking about ways to spot someone who is being trafficked, who is most vulnerable, and ways to prevent someone from being trafficked. She will also discuss how this epidemic came to be and how it can happen in local communities. As a survivor of the world of human trafficking, Flores can offer unique solutions for helping those currently being trafficked to get out.

“She will be sharing her personal story as well as giving us an overview of human trafficking,” said Marjorie Lynch, the Special Events and Program Planner who helped coordinate the event. “This will include how this can happen in our own communities, how to recognize the signs that someone is being trafficked, who is vulnerable to the crime, and what can be done.”

This will be an eye-opening presentation, and all who are able to are encouraged to attend. The epidemic of human trafficking is mostly invisible to the average person, leaving its victims with little to no way out. With speeches like this, more people will become aware of what is going on in their community. Human trafficking can become obsolete with increased awareness and prevention, come learn the signs and help victims all over the world.

For more information contact the Hinkle Center at 734-462-4443 or email hinklecenter@schoolcraft.edu. This event is free and open to the public.

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