Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014

Freeholders Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has declared Saturday, Jan. 11 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the county.

The freeholders commended the work of the New Jersey Coalition Against HumanTrafficking for its statewide efforts to end human trafficking through education, advocacy and assistance to survivors.

Human trafficking occurs when a person is recruited, harbored, obtained or exported through force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of sexual or labor exploitation, involuntary servitude and other types of mental and physical abuse.

“I believe most people would be shocked and horrified to learn of the extent to which this form of human slavery exists,” said Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo. “The freeholders join with the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking and its many partners in promoting awareness and deterrence of this terrible crime.”

The freeholders issued the proclamation at their Jan. 8 work session in Morristown. Accepting the proclamation were Pam Bennett-Santoro, acting chairperson of the Morris County Advisory Committee on Women, and Patricia Sly, executive director of Jersey Battered Women’sService. Both organizations are partners in the coalition.

In conjunction with Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Morristown Medical Center on Saturday will host a free viewing of the film Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth, a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement that is fighting to stop it.

The free viewing begins at 10 a.m. at the Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., in Morristown.