Domestic sex trafficking training Jan. 12

Florida is ranked as one of the top regions in the nation for human trafficking cases, according to the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Domestic minor sex trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of minors through prostitution, pornography or sexual performance.

Every year on Jan. 11, America spreads awareness about the growing $14.5 million industry of prostitution.

From 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 12 in AB5, 112 students can receive free training on how to identify domestic sex trafficking and what to do if you identify it.

“Most importantly, it will help students as citizens be able to identify cases of it that they run into themselves. Our area is a hotbed for this. People who attend will be able to know cases when they see them and how to respond,” said Sean Kelly, director of the Honors Program.

The training session is ideal for criminal justice, social work or psychology majors. All students are welcome.

Marc Klaas, president of the Klass Kids Foundation and BeyondMissing, Inc, will speak at the event. Klass started the Klass Kids Foundation in 1994 after his 12-year-old daughter was kidnapped and murdered.

“We can win the war for our children’s future by acknowledging that crimes against children deserve a high priority on our national and personal agendas,” states

Klaas makes regular appearances on NBC, CNN and FOX. He currently spends his time traveling America encouraging innovative solutions that positively impact crime.

The training will be led by Brad Dennis, search and rescue director at Klaas Kids Foundation.

According to, it is estimated that as many as 300,000 American children are working as prostitutes in the U.S. The average age of girl victims of prostitution is 12 to 14, the entry age for boys is 11 to 13.

This event is sponsored by The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, FGCU Honor Students Program, Global, Child Rescue and Klaas Kids Foundation.

Food will be available for students who participate.

For more information on the event, look for a table in the Breezeway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11.



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