Children at risk of trafficking: The elusiveness of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
PSU 313

Most of us take life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for granted as inalienable rights. For many, however, those rights are elusive. For some of our most vulnerable citizens, our children, those rights do not exist.  There are children and young adults in the United States who are literally being sold: human trafficking exists in all corners of our nation. The average price for a trafficked person is a mere $90, and some are sold for as little as $5. Predominantly, these innocents are sold into prostitution, but some work in restaurants, in factories and in other peoples’ homes. How does a community begin to address the human realities of trafficking and the ramifications for our society?  What are the underlying issues that need to be addressed?  How can we save our children?