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Posted Monday, October 23rd, 2017


Community Partners for Hope and the Suburban Woman’s Club of Pompton Plains will shine a light on child sex trafficking at a free public forum on Tuesday evening, Nov. 14.

Stop Human Trafficking posterHuman trafficking is a worldwide form of slavery that operates in the shadows, making it difficult to quantify. It can happen anywhere; cases have been reported in New Jersey and every other U.S. state, as well as in Washington D.C. and U.S. territories. Sex traffickers prey on young victims, forcing them into prostitution and isolating them so they can’t get help.

“Human Trafficking…Yes, It’s Happening Here!” will be held at the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, 525 Newark Pompton Turnpike, starting at 7 p.m.

The forum features child sex trafficking survivor Beth Jacobs and John McKown, a professional truck driver and supporter of Truckers Against Trafficking. Since 2009, Truckers Against Trafficking has trained nearly a half a million people to recognize and report suspected incidents of human trafficking.Northeast Morris County Groups to Shine Light on Sex Trafficking at Nov. 14 Forum

Jacobs became an advocate for victims following her six-year ordeal. She founded a support group for survivors in Arizona and travels the country conducting workshops and educational presentations. She is a field trainer for Truckers Against Trafficking and serves as the policy chair for National Survivor Network.

Attendees will learn how to recognize signs of human trafficking and what they can do to help rescue children who have been victimized. Tickets to the evening event are free, but registration is required. Enter the code in your browser bar to reserve a seat.Northeast Morris County Groups to Shine Light on Sex Trafficking at Nov. 14 Forum

 COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR HOPE is a not-for-profit corporation that addresses issues facing our communities. Their goal for this series of programs is to educate members of tour communities about drug addiction (especially heroin and other opiates) and to introduce them to resources, so they have places to turn for help.

The following organizations are supporting this important initiative: Chilton Medical Center; First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains; Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Lincoln Park and Montville; Holy Spirit Catholic Church; NewBridge Services; Pequannock Municipal Alliance; Pequannock Township Coalition; Pequannock Valley Rotary; Suburban Woman’s Club of Pompton Plains; The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Saviour; and W/HIM Women’s Hands in Mission.