The League of Women Voters of Tallmadge will present a program titled "Modern Day Slavery in Summit County" Feb. 20 in the Media Room at Tallmadge High School, 140 N. Munroe Road, at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Featured speaker will be Belinda Wing, a member of the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking. According to Wing, human trafficking is on the rise in Ohio, and awareness is one of the most potent tools to fight it. She says that once out in the open, human trafficking is now often hidden behind the veil of technology with social media like Facebook being used to troll for potential victims.
Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring and transportation of a person, usually under age 18, for sexual acts or labor or services through force, fraud or coercion. Wing, who is a member of the LWV of Hudson, will talk about her work with the Collaborative Against Human Trafficking.
The Collaborative's mission is to educate and advocate for the prevention and abolition of human trafficking in Summit County. Currently, more than 75 members comprise the Collaborative, including service organizations, government representatives, law enforcement agencies, non-profits and individuals. The Collaborative is supported by Governor Kasich's Human Trafficking Task Force and the Ohio Human Trafficking Commission of the Attorney Generals office.