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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

'Modern-day slavery' -- Nov. 15


Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017


7:30 am -- It's the brutal and sometimes deadly trafficking of human beings, most exploited for sex and labor -- what some activists call "modern-day slavery." We'll speak with two seemingly very committed people fighting it in the Eastern Panhandle and other parts of West Virginia -- Rita Nieman, of the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, in Shepherdstown, and Penny Kay Hoeflinger, founder of an organization that runs a site where young people "can heal from the trauma they endured while at the hands of a trafficker." They're 
reaching out to the young being trafficked in schools as well as to adults. Among the latest projects: a recent teach-in at Shepherd University and the proposed funding and training  of some 70 emergency phone counselors for use throughout West Virginia. It'll hopefully result in more effective participation by the state in a hot line run by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.