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Loyola human trafficking research effort hosts survivor for free, public talk Oct. 2

September 23, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans is hosting human trafficking survivor James Kofi Annan, founder of Ghana children’s rights organization Challenging Heights and contributor to Loyola professor Laura Murphy's book, “Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day Slave Narratives,” for a free, public talk Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Annan, and survivors like him, helped inspire Murphy’s research on human trafficking in the Crescent City. In fact, this year Murphy released the first-ever report on human trafficking in the New Orleans metro area to shed light on the problem, highlighting indicators that suggest sex trafficking and forced labor are significant concerns for the area.

Annan will speak on his experience as a victim of forced child labor in Ghana and the work he and his foundation do to prevent it and rehabilitate those children who still are forced to work in these conditions. Annan sheds light on a problem that not only affects children across the globe, but also children and others closer to home. The talk will take place in the St. Charles Room located on the first floor of the Danna Center on Loyola’s main campus.

According to the report released by The Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola with the support of the New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group, in the first six months of 2013 alone, a hotline run by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center received 227 reports from Louisiana, approximately the same number received in all of 2012. Among the likely human trafficking cases gleaned from those hotline calls, at least half involved minors. Sixty-eight percent were sex trafficking related, while at least 16 percent were cases of labor trafficking.

“The Louisiana Human Trafficking Report,” is authored by Murphy and Loyola alumnus Brian Ea ’12.

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