Hear Their Voices, a partnership between the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Veronica's Voice, a regional non-profit that assists victims of prostitution and sexual exploitation, will host its first community event highlighting human trafficking prevention in Kansas City next week.
The two-day event is Sept. 9-10 in Kansas City, Kansas, and will offer awareness and educational resources to community members about human trafficking, prevention tools and promotion of healing and support for surviving victims. Shawnee Mission Health also is sponsoring the event.
On Sept. 9, there will be door-to-door distribution of information, prayer for youth safety, silent auction, and a symposi-concert at the Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Featured speakers will be Renee Battle-Brooks, an attorney who works on human trafficking cases, and Kristy Childs, the founder of Veronica's Voice.
On Sept. 10, there will be a community expo from 2-5 p.m. at the Bryant Youth Center on the campus of Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 3301 Parallel Parkway, KCK. There will be various interactive learning stations.
According to a Missouri School Counselor Association report this years, the Kansas City metro area has the nation's second-highest rate of domestic minor sex trafficking. This year the Western Missouri U.S. Attorney's Office reported prosecuting more cases involving human trafficking than any other U.S. district.
The human trafficking industry has more than doubled since 2009, and Kansas City has become a hub due to its central location and intersection of major interstate highways.