LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- A representative from the International Justice Mission, an organization that works to raise awareness about the problem of human trafficking and rescue those working in forced labor or sex slavery, spoke to students and members of the community at the UW-La Crosse Monday night.
Mike Hogan is IJM's Northwest Director of Church Mobilization. He said commonly cited estimates show roughly 27-million people around the world, including 2-million children, are currently being trafficked. Although Hogan added some estimates put the number as high as 40-million.
Hogan said, "less than one percent," of human trafficking cases are likely in the U.S. His presentation cited examples of trafficking in Thailand and the Philippines, as well as in one of the world's most prominent emerging markets -- India.
He said he hopes his presentation stirs up passion in some of those who attended.
Hogan said those seeking to help raise awareness about the problems of human trafficking can contact their U.S. Senators and Congressmen. He said members of congress can lobby the President to encourage putting money towards the enforcement of human trafficking laws.
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