Published on: September 13, 2013Known as “modern day slavery” human trafficking is a growing problem in Houston and the surrounding communities. In an effort to address the issue, Lone Star College-Kingwood will broadcast the City of Houston’s “Shine a Light on Human Trafficking” Campaign on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
On screens in the Student-Conference Center, community members, faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend and learn more about this serious problem. The broadcast will feature Mayor Annise Parker, Houston Police Department Chief Charles McClelland, and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. The broadcast at LSC-Kingwood is sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Men’s Center, the Intercultural Center and the Nursing Honors Program.
“Human trafficking is a crime that impacts children and adults around the world, in cities across the nation, and in our very own communities here in Houston,” said Mayor Parker.
According to the city’s press release, “Shine a Light on Human Trafficking” is a long-term campaign that will utilize community engagement strategies recommended by the mayor’s Human Trafficking Task Force. The campaign seeks to increase public awareness of the problem, provide citizens with easy to understand information on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, and encourage them to report suspicious situations to authorities. It coincides with the observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month in September.
“Today we join forces with HPD and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, calling on all citizens to shine a light on this problem. We want to put a stop to human trafficking and we need your help,” said Mayor Parker.
For a schedule of events and to learn more about the campaign, visit http://shinealighthouston.org/. For more information on the broadcast at LSC-Kingwood, contact Diane Blanco, women’s center director, at 281-318-4332 or Diane.K.Blanco@LoneStar.edu.
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