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Mount Hosts Symposium on Human Sexual Trafficking

March 29, 2006 -- The Mount will host a free academic symposium on human sexual trafficking in hopes of bringing about greater awareness of the issue at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Chalon Campus Center.

Human sexual trafficking is a multibillion dollar industry worldwide with nearly 50,000 women, men, and children forced to engage in commercial sex in the United States each year, said Diane Rodriguez, MSMU assistant professor of sociology. She teaches the class Sociology 163: Women’s and Children’s Rights, which is organizing the event with the Sociology Department and Documentary Film and Social Justice Program.

Expert panelists include representatives from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) and the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO).

All are encouraged to attend to discover ways to become an advocate for social change and human rights. For more information, please contact Diane Rodriguez at 310-954- 4206.

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