MINNETONKA, Minn. (Feb. 27, 2012) — Women, Wisdom & Wine today announced that it will highlight the issue of human trafficking at its March 21 conversation series event, where Dr. Ellen J. Kennedy, executive director of World Without Genocide, will address sex and labor trafficking in Minnesota; their global implications; and actions being taken to prevent these crimes, prosecute perpetrators, and protect the victims.
“The extent of human trafficking — worldwide and even here in Minnesota — truly is difficult to comprehend; the numbers are astounding,” said Claudia Ryan-Mosley, founder of the Women, Wisdom & Wine series. “Ellen’s experience in human rights advocacy has given her a rare perspective on this issue and one we’re very pleased to be sharing with Women, Wisdom & Wine members, as well as new guests to the series.”
Human trafficking, which includes both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, is the world’s fastest growing criminal industry, with annual revenue of more than $5 billion. According to the United Nations, nearly 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked globally. The FBI ranks Minnesota as the nation’s 13th largest human trafficking center for children.
Numbers from the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs indicate that nearly a thousand trafficking victims were identified in Minnesota between 2005 and 2008, but the actual number of victims may be much greater. Already this year in the Twin Cities area, a man has been sentenced to 11 years for the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old local girl.
Current members of Women, Wisdom & Wine may RSVP to attend the March event for free, and non-members interested in attending may register online ($40) for the event or become a member. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.
The 2012 Women, Wisdom & Wine conversation series’ new location, the Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom in Golden Valley, is located at 5418 Wayzata Blvd. Directions are online at www.damicocatering.com/locations/metro_directions.aspx.
Further information about Women, Wisdom & Wine is available at www.womenwisdomandwine.com.
World Without Genocide, headquartered at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by genocide.
The Women, Wisdom & Wine conversation series gives women the opportunity to engage with friends while learning about current issues in subjects ranging from health, finance and faith to politics, the arts, business and international affairs. Over the course of a year, the series offers nine sessions featuring keynote speakers who bring a personal perspective and Minnesota background to the session topic.