Human trafficking forum Tuesday

FORT LORAMIE — A one-hour, public forum on human trafficking awareness will be at the St. Michael Church, 33 Elm St., Fort Loramie, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:05 p.m., in the east-side chapel.

Raven Loaiza, chairperson of the Tri County Chapter of the Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition and the regional coordinator of the Rape Crisis and Human Trafficking Division of Crime Victim Services, will facilitate the forum with visuals, handouts and a question-and-answer session. People 13 and older are encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by the Newport-Fort Loramie pastoral region’s Outreach Commission, the organizers’ goal is to provide participants with the facts and tools to understand the truth behind human trafficking and to know what to do when confronted with red flags. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry that attacks human dignity, degrades and often destroys human lives. Internationally, this illegal industry generates more than $150 billion annually.