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Fighting human trafficking

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Exploitation is at the heart of human trafficking.

In the case of sex trafficking, exploitation implies the forced prostitution or sexual abuse of vulnerable men, women and children. Sadly, McHenry County is seeing a rise in such cases.

We simply cannot ignore this any longer.

To combat this scourge, Patriots United is hosting a breakfast that will address the societal factors that allow this modern day slavery to exist. Attendees will learn whattrafficking looks like and what to do if they see it so together we can stop this injustice and eliminate this victimization of women and children.

The panel will feature constructive dialog and solutions by Laila Mickelwait, state Sen. Karen McConnaughay and college-student activist Ben Anderson.

In attendance will be civic leaders from throughout the suburbs, including Congressman Randy Hultgren, who will share how he is making progress on Capitol Hill, former Congressman Don Manzullo and several dozen state and local elected officials.

Regardless of our politics, let’s join together and stop this injustice in our midst.

The event will take place Feb. 8 at D’Andrea Banquets in Crystal Lake. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be provided for attendees.

People interested in attending can register by visiting www.PatriotsUnited.com. Cost is $25 for those who register online by Feb. 5 or $30 at the door (overflow will be limited).

Joe Edwards

President, Patriots United

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