Family Services will offer a community education opportunity on the serious topic of human trafficking. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the agency has enlisted representatives from Homeland Security, the Winston-Salem Police Department, and World Relief to participate in a panel discussion that will define the issue, address its history, identify patterns of behavior, and provide resources for communities like Winston-Salem.

According to North Carolina’s Homeland Security field site, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers lure individuals with false promises of employment and a better life. Traffickers often take advantage of poor, unemployed individuals who lack access to social safety nets. Human trafficking can be broken into two categories:

  • Sex trafficking:  recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or the person being induced to perform such act is under 18 years of age.
  • Labor trafficking: recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Trafficking exists because of a demand for cheap labor, services, and commercial sex. Perpetrators believe that there is little risk or penalties, and the financial reward outweighs the risk.

There is no official total of the number of victims of trafficking; however, it is estimated that nationally the number of victims reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates include both adults and minors of sex and labor trafficking.

This community awareness and education event will address the rights and signs of human trafficking and describe how communities can work together to build a community in which children, women, and families are able to live free from the threat of violence.

There is no charge to attend:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
2 – 3:30 PM
at Family Services
1200 S. Broad Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

For additional information, contact
Kenyetta Richmond, 336.722.8173