Human Trafficking Training June 15

By PAT JOHNSON | May 22, 2019

Little Egg Harbor Township — The New Life Community Church, 595 Parkertown Drive in Little Egg Harbor Township, is one of five churches participating in the Church Abolition Network statewide hotel outreach program to stop human trafficking. With Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution, volunteers will be distributing posters featuring missing children and bar soaps to area hotels. The soaps have information for adolescents to call for help.

On Saturday, June 15, CAN advocates will conduct trainings appropriate for middle-school ages and older, where they will hear the story of how these outreaches started. Afterward, teams mobilize to go to every hotel and motel within a limited area with posters showing pictures of missing children, packets of information, and bars of hotel soap labeled with the national human trafficking hotline number. Teams deliver the supplies to hotel staff and report back, usually finishing within three hours. Anyone can attend this free event, but registration is requested, as seating is limited. Ages 16 and older can participate with the hotel outreach team. Registering means all team members assume their own liability and risk.

SOAP was launched in 2009 and has been active at every Super Bowl and other large events. Each time, hotel staff identifies at least one missing child. Consequently, children are often rescued by law enforcement during and after hotel outreaches.

Flyer distribution, gifts-in-kind, sharing outreach information digitally and on social media, sponsoring and/or preparing boxes of soap are just a few ways individuals of all ages can be involved now. Many have sponsored $100 boxes of soap to honor their fathers for Father’s Day Weekend. Those fathers will be honored at all five locations. Contact CAN at canfreedom.org.

To register for the training at New Life Community Church, go to newlifechurchleh.com or call 609-296-2813. —P.J.

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