Event at Alvernia University brings human trafficking to life


Allison L. Blair, 20

Allison L. Blair stepped into the shoes of Rosaria, a fictitious woman from Guatemala who fell in love with a man named Juan.

Juan promised to take Rosaria to the United States and marry her.

He did bring her to the U.S., but forced her into prostitution.

As Rosaria, it was up to Blair to get out of her terrifying situation.

Should she stay at the brothel or seek refuge at a church? Should she go live on the streets?

On Monday, Blair did her best to make the right decisions, but Rosaria ended up deported back to Guatemala where she caught a virus and died.

“It’s an eye-opener,” said Blair, a 20-year-old Alvernia University junior from Shillington.

Her exercise was part of an informational meeting on human trafficking that was organized by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters’ Immigration Committee, which works with immigrants and immigration issues in Berks and Chester counties.

About 80 people attended the meeting at the Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center, near Alvernia’s campus.

“We thought this was another way to teach, or be a conduit, so others will learn about human trafficking,” Sister Jean Jacobchik said.

Sister Winifred Doherty, a congregational representative to the United Nations, called human trafficking modern-day slavery. She shared stories of real people around the world who were coerced into prostitution and forced labor.

To fight human trafficking, advocates must fight in several ways, including attacking the roots of patriarchy, Doherty said.

“We need to socialize our boys and men into new models of masculinity,” she said.

Pamela Pillsbury, co-director of the Pennsylvania Regional Center for Public Safety Innovation, led the exercise about hard choices that Blair and others took part in.

Only a few succeeded in keeping Rosaria alive.

Audience members said the exercise left them confused, scared and questioning everyone who could possibly help.

Pillsbury urged the group to watch for signs of human trafficking.

“I really believe that everyday people need to get involved,” she said.

source: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=185736

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