Sister of Mercy, Jeanne Christensen, offered a presentation on this crucial topic. She serves as the Justice Advocate against Human Trafficking for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. The session included time for questions and discussion. Detective Derrick Wilczek from the Overland Park Police Department was also available to speak and answer questions on the reality of human trafficking right here in Overland Park and what is being done in our community.
Q. What is Human Trafficking?
A. Modern Day Slavery
The two forms of human trafficking are:
Sex Trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion.
Labor Trafficking in which persons are forced to labor against their will.
What you can do
• Become well informed
• Build awareness about the issue and how it can be addressed
• Contact your elected legislators
• Partner with others who provide assistance to victims
• Talk with Children and young adults, peers, parents, friends and family about this issue
Who Are the victims?
There is no consistent face of a trafficking victim.
Trafficked persons can be:
• rich or poor
• men or women
• adults or children
• LGBTQ persons
• runaway youth
• legal or undocumented immigrants
If you see something suspicious:
Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233
Call 911 if danger is eminent
- Sisters of Mercy West
- US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
- Attorney General’s Office – KS
- Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking
- Truckers Against Trafficking
- Polaris Project
- Shared Hope International
- Wichita State Center
- KU’s ASHTI Project
- KS Dept. for Children and Families
- SOS – End Human Trafficking
- Restoration House
- Veronica’s Voice
- KC Case