Working to end human trafficking

The Not for Sale (NFS) Campaign, coming to campus on Monday, will begin SPU’s End Slavery Week. The NFS Campaign is designed to create awareness on the issue of slavery and human trafficking, which still exists in the world today, freshman Sarah Pfau said.

Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) Lynnea Common met David Batstone, author of the book "Not for Sale" and professor of ethics at the University of San Francisco, while she was working at Pepperdine University. Batstone had traveled around the world investigating slave trade.

He was helping launch the NFS Campaign because he wanted to do something to fight human trafficking.

Common decided to join in the fight as well.

"I put in a proposal to the Office of Residence Life to host the Not for Sale Campaign as part of the faith tour in fall 2007," Common said.

The nationwide NFS Campaign will make a stop at SPU on Monday.

Monday at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn, the International Justice Mission (IJM) club will host a Justice Fair. IJM and others will be offering different events for students on campus throughout the week.

At 8 p.m., the NFS event will begin in Upper Gwinn, featuring a multimedia presentation with clips from the Roadside Attraction’s film "Trade." Batstone will be at the event and will speak on ways to fight human trafficking.

Human trafficking was "covered and hidden and had never really been brought up to me," Pfau said.

The NFS Campaign is composed of individuals, musicians, artists, people of faith, businesses, schools and sports teams. Together these networks are working to end slavery in our lifetime, according to the website at NotforSaleCampaign.org.

Twenty-seven million people are enslaved today, according to the website.

"Human trafficking is all about coercion, abduction and tricking," Pfau said.

University Ministries is supporting the NFS Campaign by hosting Batstone. He will speak again on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150 in the Faith Learning Forum, "Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade-and How We Can Fight It."

Thursday at 1 p.m., Bob Goff, president of Restore International, will speak, hosted by IJM and MOSAIC. Restore International is a world-wide organization dedicated to ending human rights abuses towards children.

Thursday evening, the band Jubilee will perform in Weter Hall, hosted by IJM and Acting on Aids. Jubilee donates 10 percent of all booking fees and 50 percent of all merchandise sales to the IJM.

"This will be an opportunity for students to engage with area organizations around social justice issues," Common said.

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Title: Working to end human trafficking | Author: Hillary Ison | Section: News | Published Date: 2007-10-31 | Internal ID: 6080