From Illinois Business Journal news services
EDWARDSVILLE – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, today announced he will host a Human Trafficking Student Summit at Edwardsville High School to help students, parents, teachers, and community leaders identify victims of human trafficking and develop ways to prevent it.
Human trafficking is now the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprise and impacts more than 20 million victims worldwide. The U.S. Department of Justice lists St. Louis among the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions in the country.
“Just over a year ago, I hosted a similar event where a guest shared her story of going from an honor roll student to a victim of human trafficking overnight,” said Davis. “As a parent, her story not only terrified me but also inspired me to help raise awareness among students, parents, teachers, and other community leaders about what constitutes human trafficking, how to identify risk factors, and how to develop practices for prevention.”
The Human Trafficking Student Summit will be held on Monday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Edwardsville High School. A discussion will be held with FBI intelligence analyst Derek Velazco and The Covering House director of operations Lindsey Ellis.
Those who would like to attend should contact Jen White at (217) 403-4690 or [email protected]