The Key2Free will be hosting a conference on October 18, from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.to shine a light on human trafficking in Texas and show how you can help fight back. The Freedom Conference sessions are available for college and high school students, parents, men, women, church leaders and educators. The conference will be held at Austin Stone-For The City Network, 500 E. St. Johns Ave., Austin. Registration is easy and only $25.
This 8-hour conference will include sessions such as Fighting the Demand, Internet Predators, RISE: Attorney General Educators Curriculum, Intersection of Sexual Abuse and Trafficking, Inside the Mind of A Survivor, What Is Your Calling?, and Trafficking 101. Session presenters include National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Crowns of Hope, The Key2Free, Austin Police Department Human Trafficking Division, Justice Society, Traffic 911 and Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA).See a complete list of sessions at our web site, www.thekey2freetx.org. There will be a movie screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, written and produced by Exodus Cry, a faith-based non-profit organization fighting human sex trafficking and a candlelight prayer vigil at the Capitol to raise awareness and be the voice in our city.
Trafficking victims can be men or women, adults or children, rich or poor, and U.S. citizens or foreign-born. Domestic sex trafficking involves U.S. citizens who are forced to perform commercial sex acts entirely within the borders of the United States.
- 20% – The percentage of human trafficking cases in the United States that occur in Texas. (US Department of Justice)
- 1 in every 5 victims of human trafficking in the United States travels through Texas along the I10 corridor. (TX Office of the Attorney General)
- 27 million – The number of victims trapped in modern day slavery around the world. (Polaris Project, A21)
- 12 – The average age of a victim of human trafficking. (US Department of Justice)