UNK workshop focus is human trafficking, warning signs

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KEARNEY – The Women’s Center and International Justice Mission at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is hosting a workshop on Human Trafficking.

The event, free and open to the public, is from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Ponderosa Room inside the Nebraskan Student Union.

The featured speaker is Leticia Bonifas with Central Nebraska Immigration and Human Trafficking Outreach, who will focus on how human trafficking affects our communities.

Attendees will gain a better understanding as to what is happening locally, in Nebraska and on the national level, said Kiphany Hof with UNK’s Women’s Center.

“It’s important to shed light on human trafficking, as many people do not know what it consists of or the warning signs,” Hof said. “We hope this workshop brings knowledge to the UNK community about the issue, how to prevent it from happening and how to help.

A recent study by the Human Trafficking Initiative and Women’s Fund of Omaha shows that 900 people are purchased for sex every month in Nebraska, where a trafficking network has developed along Interstate 80. Researchers found that 75 percent of the people trafficked in Nebraska, are from Nebraska.

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Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454, gottulatm@unk.edu
Source: Kiphany Hof, UNK Women’s Center, 308.865.8248

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