Longview, Texas — A one day conference on the next steps in stopping sex trafficking is being offered on January 30th.
The conference goes on from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Oak Forest Country Club in Longview, Texas.
Registration costs $30 per person.
Sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years. It is estimated that there are between 100,000 – 300,000 children being forced into commercial sexual exploitation in the United States each year; the average age is between 12 and 14 years old.
Although enactment of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) made sex trafficking a serious violation of Federal law, every year human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people domestically and internationally. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, surpassing arms trade and rapidly closing the gap on drug trafficking.
In 2012 The Women's Center of East Texas hosted a one day conference bringing awareness to Gregg and our surrounding counties about human trafficking; in 2014 we’re bringing together the experts that work tirelessly to combat this crime to form a unified front in enforcing the law and prosecuting these offenders.
Christopher Baughman, host of MSNBC’s new series on human trafficking, Slave Hunter and author of the best-selling true crime human trafficking series “Off the Street”; Claudia Bayliff, an attorney and educator, currently serving as the National Judicial Education Program’s (NJEP) Project Attorney, and one of Signal 13’s trainers, Detective Leland Wiley, a Police Officer for 24 years and for the past 11 years he has been assigned to the Vice & Intelligence Section where his primary assignments have been vice investigations and human trafficking issues.
The Women's Center of East Texas is a non-profit agency based in Longview that serves Gregg, Upshur, Harrison, Marion, Rusk and Panola counties. The center is dedicated to providing a safe haven, crisis intervention and comprehensive support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Women's Center is further committed to breaking the cycle of violence toward victims and assisting them in their transition to a more stable and self-sufficient life. The Women's Center of East Texas Hotline number is 1-800-441-5555. Interested persons may also visit our website at www.wc-et.org. All services are confidential.