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CARE Initiative brings speakers on sex and human trafficking to Manchester

Care LogoSex and human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in our area. 

The “Crime Around the Corner” program at Manchester University will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the issues that surround trafficking. 

At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 in Cordier Auditorium, Chelsea Crawford and Jo’Netta Neeley of the Fort Wayne Police Department Victims Assistance Office will speak about sex trafficking, human trafficking and slavery in our state. 

Sex trafficking occurs when someone uses force, fraud or coercion to involve an adult in a sexual act or causes a minor to take part in a sex act in exchange for an item of value, including food or shelter.

Human trafficking is illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for forced labor or sexual exploitation.

Crawford and Neeley will go into detail about what this means as well as share how victims are found by traffickers. 

The CARE (Creating a Respectful Environment) Initiative at Manchester University is bringing this program to the North Manchester campus to educate students and community members.   

 “We often think about sex and human trafficking – as well as slavery – as an international issue, but it is something that is happening all around Indiana,” said Jillian “Jay” Watts, director of the CARE Initiative.

This program will take place during the initiative’s Take Back the Night week at Manchester University. Take Back the Night is a national program organized to bring awareness to sexual violence. Activities on campus will aid in prevention, awareness and empowerment of voices around this topic. 

The April 24 presentation is part of the Values, Ideas and Arts series at the University, which offers academic enrichment for students. 

About Manchester University

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

Press release prepared by Tiffany Byers, a student assistant in the Office of Strategic Communications.

April 2018