By The Meridian editor.
This week, the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship will be conducting “The Price of Life,” a city-wide and campus-based campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking around the world.
The events at Lehman began last Monday with a talk by Jeffrey Barrows, vice-president of Education and director of the Abolition Shelter Association at Abolition International, a organization that seeks to eradicate sex trafficking and provide support to the survivors.
“To be convicted of human trafficking you need to have subdued someone through force, fraud or coercion,” said Barrows to an audience of about 30 students in a classroom in Carman.
He said that human trafficking is divided in two categories: labor and sex exploitation. In the U.S., the most common victims of trafficking are sex slaves.
Barrows also said that half of the international victims of trafficking are minors, and that in the U.S. there are about 100,000 children being trafficked at any given time.
While it is poverty what drives trafficking around the world, abuse is the primary factor in the U.S. – 36 percent of the traffickers being the immediate family of the victims.
The Price of Life will continue at Lehman with a talk in Music Building this Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
The campaign will conclude with the “Price of Life Festival,” a concert in City Center Theater at 7 p.m.