Rotary Clubs of Springdale and Fayetteville Host Day of Awareness to End Human Trafficking

Updated June 30, 2018.



The Rotary Club of Springdale and the Rotary Club of Fayetteville joined forces to present A Day of Awareness to End Human Trafficking Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. This program, sponsored in part by the Jones Center, was designed to bring awareness, attention, and understanding to the issue of human trafficking in Northwest Arkansas.

Thank you to all our presenters, attendees, and volunteers who made this Day of Awareness possible. Together, we can make a difference in this issue in Northwest Arkansas.

Human trafficking, sometimes called modern slavery, is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or services or a commercial sex act. Any commercial sex act involving a person under the age of eighteen is unlawful in Arkansas and under federal law. Sex trafficking is better recognized and more frequently prosecuted, but both sex and labor trafficking are a growing concern in the United States, and in Northwest Arkansas. In order to address a problem, we first must recognize it exists: that knowledge was the purpose of Rotary's Day of Awareness.

Speakers addressed a wide range of perspectives. Topics included general information on human trafficking; incidences of trafficking in Arkansas; recognizing trafficking in various setting; remedies and assistance for survivors; and protecting children online and in social media. Two hours of continuing education credit for licensed counselors and social workers, six hours of continuing legal education credit, and six hours CLEST credit were available.

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