Last updateTue, 27 Jan 2015 4pm

Meeting at Holy Cross will discuss human trafficking problem

Holy Cross Parish Hall, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Cuba, will be the site of an informational meeting about how you can help put a stop to human trafficking. The program is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.

Human trafficking is the trade in humans, typically for the purposes of sexual slavery, forced labor, or commercial sexual exploitation. Trafficking in humans is also sometimes conducted for the extraction of human tissue or internal organs on the open market.

Modern-day slavery accounts for an estimated $32 billion in annual trade worldwide, despite its being outlawed and a violation of human rights and many international trade agreements.

Although exact figures are hard to come by, some scholars believe as many as 27 million people are in modern-day slavery around the world. In 2008, the U.S. State Department suggested 2 million children were being exploited by the global commercial slave trade, and a study that same year classified 12.3 million people worldwide as “forced laborers, bonded laborers, or sex-trafficking victims.”

The presentation being held at Holy Cross Parish Hall will discuss statistics related to the issue and the nature of the problem worldwide, as well as here in the United States. The meeting is intended to provide you with information you can use to help law enforcement stop human trafficking in the Crawford County area.

Topics of discussion will include how to spot a possible victim, how to report human slavery activity, and what agencies should be contacted for a report. The meeting will also serve as a networking tool to support trafficking victims in the area and worldwide.

The Human Trafficking Awareness Program is being presented by Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Concerned citizens, law enforcement personnel, social service agencies, and church organizations are invited to attend.

Register your group by Feb. 15 by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 573-775-4077, to receive additional information. You can also check out the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition website at

The meeting is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. Holy Cross Parish Hall is located at 405 W. School Street in Cuba, Mo.