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Students to Present Human Trafficking Petition to Mayor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The students and supporters will march from campus to the City Plaza to present the signed petitions to the mayor, who will walk with the group to the lighted plaza. The petitions will be presented to the mayor, and she will respond with a statement of support. The purpose of the event is to show citizen concern about this growing social problem.
Human trafficking is the sale and transport of human beings for profit. It is little known, said Janja Lalich, professor of sociology and an advisor to the group, that there are more slaves today than at any other time in history, if you include those in debt bondage. “People living in debt bondage or outright slavery can be found in fields, homes, mines, restaurants, massage parlors, strip clubs, brothels, factories and nail parlors,” said Lalich. “There are an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide and several hundred thousand in the U.S.”
California is a target destination, said Lalich, with approximately 17,000 people trafficked in and through California each year. Eighty percent of trafficking victims are women; 50 percent are children. The average cost of a slave today is $90.
S.T.O.P. is a nonprofit organization that was formed in January 2007. Information is available about trafficking and S.T.O.P. at www.csuchico.edu/stop
For more information or find out how to sign the petition, you can contact Lalich at 530-898-5542 or 530-514-3993 or one of the student leaders of S.T.O.P., Johnny Class at 760-715-7262 or Ashley Tassano at 707-343-5976.