I had an awakening to the hideous crime of human trafficking about three years ago. This evil exploits the most vulnerable in our society— young girls, boys and women. Human trafficking is the third largest business across the globe? Through force, fraud, and coercion, traffickers exploit more than 20 million adults and children in brothels, factories, on farms and boats, and countless other industries around the world. Combatting this silent crime is not easy.
Continuing our mission of offering educational programs for the community of Colorado Springs, the Sisters of Benet Hill are offering a four-part intergenerational series on human trafficking. Benet Hill is sponsoring this series at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., on Tuesday evenings — Feb. 14, 21, 28 and March 7 — from 7-8:30 p.m. These sessions offer opportunities for all family members to learn about and discuss this tragic evil in our city, our schools, our state, country and world. Our children are not safe anywhere.
On Feb. 14, a trafficking survivor will tell her story and how she is helping others to recover from this trauma. On Feb. 21, Resource Police Officer Chris Burns will speak on how teens can be lured into human trafficking by the internet and social media. Feb. 28 will focus on awareness of teens using Facebook and other social media. The fourth session on March 7 will feature the story of someone who was addicted to pornography, found redemption, and is now helping others.
All four sessions will have a general presentation with a time for Q&A. Teens and preteens will have appropriate break-out rooms. The program is free, but donations will be appreciated to further the awareness.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing,” said Albert Einstein. Let’s prove Einstein wrong by attending this series and then doing something to eradicate this evil. For further information, visit www.benethillmonastery.org or contact Sister Rose Ann Barmann, OSB at 719-633-0655, ext. 130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.