Students, mayor join to fight human trafficking
March 25, 2010

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Bryan College will join the Dayton community in a week of raising awareness about human trafficking, a global injustice that has enslaved approximately 27 million persons, with between 600,000 and 800,000 new victims each year.


Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent signs the Human Trafficking Awareness Week proclamation at city hall as SIFE and SSTOP members look on. Seated with the mayor are Brian Mullennix, left, and Andrew McPeak. Standing, from left, are Dr. Jeff Boyce, Cami Plaisted, Olivia Smith, Carrie Cook and Dr. Ron Petitte.
Bryan’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Students Stopping the Trafficking of Persons (SSTOP) invited Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent to issue a proclamation March 25 declaring March 28 to April 4 Human Trafficking Awareness Week. During this time, students in the two groups will provide information on human trafficking and present ways that the community can get involved in combating this crisis.

This week will focus on raising awareness of human trafficking as an American as well as an international crisis, to show how small communities can also be affected by this crime, and to encourage and equip citizens to understand this crime and prevent it in Dayton.

“The goal is to go Saturday morning and interact with as many local businesses as we can,” said Cami Plaisted, SSTOP event leader and vice president of marketing for SIFE. Students will distribute information on human trafficking throughout the community. “We want the church, businesses, community, and students to really understand more.”

The best first step in halting this crime is for people to learn more about what human trafficking is, to work with family, friends and community leaders, Ms. Plaisted said. “It starts with understanding and transitions into preventative action.”