Event at Novi Library to Teach About Human Trafficking July 5

Event at Novi Library to Teach About Human Trafficking July 5

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(Novi, MI) – Kelly Breen, a candidate for Novi City Council, is cosponsoring an event with Redford’s Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) that will educate and empower attendees to fight human trafficking in the United States. According to US Government statistics, human trafficking — the use of violence, threats, deception, or other manipulation to force children and adults into engaging in prostitution or slave labor — is on the rise in this country.

On Wednesday, Breen and Mansfield will discuss how Novi residents can make themselves more aware of human trafficking and how they can work with the police to stop it. Admission to the event is free of charge.

Novi resident and attorney Kelly Breen is cosponsoring the event to make her neighbors aware of the increase in human trafficking, and the sexual exploitation of trafficking victims, in Metro Detroit. A police operation in Detroit last February discovered a human trafficking ring in Detroit and rescued over a dozen adult victims of human trafficking and two children. Breen, who has two young children, stressed the need for Novi residents to be observant of suspicious activity to prevent similar activity locally.  “These victims could be my kids, or yours.  Novi is not simply a city, but a small community of neighbors – and we must act like neighbors and work together.  I want to find a way for my Novi neighbors and I to establish a program that will pull us together with law enforcement and victim support to end this.”

Jennifer Mansfield, an 18-year veteran of the Redford Police Department and the president of SOAP – Redford, argues that events stressing the local relevance of human trafficking are essential in Michigan, which now has the second highest number of human trafficking incidents in the United States. Mansfield, 41, initiated this event because she believes Americans often do not realize how common human trafficking is in the United States. “I want to bring awareness to the community that this horrific crime is not happening just in other countries, but right here in our own neighborhoods and to our own children,” she said. “It’s hard to make people see that. But when they do, it tends to evoke a lot of emotions, usually anger and disgust. We all need to be aware that we need to watch out for each other.”

The program is July 5, 2017 at 6:30pm at Novi Public Library.

Learn more about SOAP at https://www.facebook.com/SOAPRedford/

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