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Human Trafficking Up For First Four/ Dayton Victims Possibly Identified
DAYTON -- The First Four brings in thousands more people in to town, but it's not everyone we want
"When there's large sports events like March Madness or the Super Bowl on, you have a lot of people coming to one area and pimps see that as an opportunity to make more money so that's often times when sex trafficking is increased," said Erin Peery, U.D.'s Consciousness Rising president.
"You can start watching the personal ads in the paper or on Backpage or Craigslist and maybe you'll see a handful of personal ads offerings escort services but by the time the First Four gets here, there will be a full page of those who are compromising women for the purpose of sex," said Oasis House Director Cheryl Oliver.
Now local groups are fighting back. Consciousness Rising is getting ready for a weekend long conference at UD to help educate and help end human trafficking.
"Currently there is over 27 million slaves in the world and looking in Dayton just around the corner there are often times different types of brothels with girls under the age of 18 who are forced into prostitution and don't have the freedom to leave," said Peery.
Meanwhile Be Free Dayton spent the weekend going to different bars, hotels and strip clubs to let management spread the word. They do this every month, but you won't believe what they found this time around.
"We print out the most recent missing children's in Ohio and we show it to the staff at the strip club and we say have you seen these girls," said Tonya Folks of Be Free Dayton. "98% of the time they say 'No I haven't seen them' but occasionally, and this weekend was an example, you get people who say 'You know what I have seen her'."
Now thanks to them, Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies are out working the area trying to find two missing underage girls from Hamilton and Franklin counties. Police are not certain they are being trafficked but say it's likely.
"Typically that's the scenario," said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer. "You have a young girl that is being thrown into the adult dance business and they are trafficked and taken advantage of."
"Pimps on notice. That's what it means," said Folks. "It means our community the Miami Valley has said no not here. This is a grass roots movement. If the feds and the state could fix it, they would. They can't. It takes every day citizens."
"We are just asking people to help get them located so we can get them back to their parents and get them safe and get them out of this lifestyle," said Plummer.
The Sheriff says Dayton's heroin problem makes the trafficking problem worse since sometimes children are trafficked for drug money.
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UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON GROUP WORKING TO END GLOBAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING INDUSTRY BY ELIMINATING ONE VICTIM AT A TIME
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton student group Consciousness Rising will hold its third annual conference March 20-22.
This year's theme is the "Effects of Structural Inequality," focusing on hyper-sexualization of culture and sex trafficking, corporate social responsibility and labor trafficking, and the invisibility of privilege, such as racial divides in America.
Using interactive exhibits, workshops, group discussions, and presentations, Consciousness Rising hopes to inspire and empower students, staff, faculty and the Dayton community to help eradicate human rights injustices.
All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Sears Recital Hall: Walter DeKeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences at West Virginia University, will discuss violence against women, and poverty and crime.
3-5 p.m. Friday, March 21, St. Joseph Room 209: Abolition Ohio STOP Training for anyone interested in identifying the signs of human trafficking.
6:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, RecPlex: Concert by Remedy, Leap Years and Eric Hutchinson.
1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 1700 S. Patterson Building: Keynote speaker Timothy Wise, an anti-racism activist and writer who has written White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority.
2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 1700 S. Patterson Building: Public is invited to participate in interactive student exhibits and groups discussing resources to combat current racial injustices. Topics include racism, oppression and the achievement gap, domestic and international racial and ethnic relations, the University's campus diversity climate, and corporate social responsibility.
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