World Relief plans for Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 07:13 PM

The World Relief of High Point has a month filled with activities and is hoping the public will get involved for a good cause.
January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and the organization wants to bring awareness to human trafficking in the Triad area.
“This is one of the things that people don’t want to talk about because it’s negative publicity,” said local World Relief Director Andrew Timbie.
North Carolina has been identified by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center as No. 10 in the nation for human trafficking based on the calls they receive, according to Timbie.
“The Triad area is a high traffic area, especially the I-40/85 corridor,” Timbie said. “We are the main case management and awareness provider for the human trafficking in the area, so we get the calls.”
Timbie said most of the human trafficking goes on during the Furniture Market. He said oftentimes, the organization receives tips from trafficking hotlines about activity during this time.
“Generally, the ground for human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, is when you have an international event that attracts lots of money, and people coming from a distance who are here for a short period of time,” Timbie said. “That’s where they are going to set up the brothels. There are advertisements disguised on Craigslist. There is possibly labor trafficking as well.”
World Relief of High Point is hosting several activities to bring awareness to human trafficking in the Triad.
The organization will be hosting a prayer walk today between 5 and 7 p.m. at Westover Church in Greensboro. There will be a program on Jan. 18 called Eradicate Slavery performed at the UNC-Greensboro Aycock Auditorium. The program will be from 7 to 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. The cost is $5 per ticket.
There will be a human trafficking education and awareness series, called Refuse To Do Nothing, on Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Greensboro.
“We are in the process of raising awareness that this does take place,” Timbie said.
For more information on activities, call World Relief at (336) 887-9007.
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