Human Trafficking Awareness program on tap at Brighton library

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Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Michigan. Among the many lures traffickers use is social media to build relationship with their victims online. Another tactic used is to trick young teens using a marketing campaign. They claim to be from a modeling agency, offering security and health insurance.

Join us at the Brighton District Library May 6 from 7-8:30 p.m., for Human Trafficking Awareness. Get the facts and lean more from presenters, David Manille and Anita Hoepner, of Sparrow Freedom Project. Hear important information regarding human trafficking in the state, signs and red flags to look for, and how to help.

“Human Trafficking is very real. The work is often times difficult, but we will continue to work hard to provide the aid and support that victims and survivors so desperately need,” said Anita Hoepner.

Sparrow Freedom Project is a non-profit organization based in South Lyon, Michigan. Their purpose is to provide assistance to human trafficking survivors and to raise awareness about human trafficking and childhood sexual exploitation through education, prevention, advocacy, and collaborative action in the state of Michigan.

Aid and support that Sparrow Freedom Project provides to victims or survivors of human trafficking includes: food, clothing, emergency housing rental costs, transportation, and other basic needs.

As admission into the Human Trafficking Awareness program, we are asking each attendee to please bring one of the following items: toiletry/hygiene items (full-sizes and travel-sizes accepted), toilet paper, household cleaning products, paper towels, laundry detergent, baby wipes, women’s size small/medium yoga/stretchy pants and casual tops, and grocery/gas/fast food/Uber gift cards.

The Brighton District Library is located at 100 Library Drive, Brighton, Michigan. Registration for this program can be done by calling (810) 229-6571, ext. 227, or going to http://brightonlibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar.

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