Creating Awareness on Human Trafficking Through Literature 

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and Albion Fellows Bacon Center and Willard Library are partnering to present Beyond the Book: Human Trafficking; a book discussion of The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores on Tuesday, January 16th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  All community members are invited to participate by reading the book and gathering at Willard Library to discuss human trafficking within the United States and in our Tri-State Area.

“There is a conversation, nationally, about human trafficking. Communities are noticing it is not just a problem in other countries, but that human trafficking and sexual exploitation occurs here. Because this is a new conversation, there is a lot that is misunderstood about domestic human trafficking. Albion Fellows Bacon Center strives to educate the community about the reality of human trafficking and sex exploitation. This starts with a conversation, which is why community events like Beyond the Book are paramount to address the issue of human trafficking,” said Courtney Keating, Crisis Intervention Specialist for Albion Fellows Bacon Center.

The book has mature content and language.  Therefore, teen readers are encouraged to seek parental/guardian permission before reading the book and attending the discussion.  Books can be checked out at Willard Library and Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. Both libraries have inter-library loan, so it can be requested from a partnering library.   Copies of the book can also be purchased at barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.com.  While having read the book is recommended, it is not a requirement to attend the discussion.

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