VAN WERT – The Housing Department of the YWCA of Van Wert County is excited to announce a free learning event for Van Wert and surrounding communities. Human Trafficking 101 will take place Monday, July 16 at First United Church Basement from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Jamie Evans, YWCA Housing Director, will lead the event and give participants the basic knowledge they need to be in the know about human trafficking in our area and in Ohio.

“In 2017, Ohio was ranked 4th in the nation in human trafficking crimes which is a very sad statistic.We are right behind large states like California, Texas and Florida," said Evans. "Trafficking doesn’t happen just in large cities; it can happen right here in our small towns. We as a community need to be aware of what this crime might look like and the steps we can take to assist victims in getting help and put an end to this crime."

During the Human Trafficking 101 event, Evans will define the different types of trafficking and then scratch the surface on who the most vulnerable victims are, what traffickers look like and the tactics they use to lure victims into its dark world. For the final thirty minutes, Evans will field questions from the audience.

“Our goal is to dispel the myths surrounding trafficking and give everyone some real truth and insight to what this might look like in our area,” Evans stated.

A dessert smorgasboard will be served during the seminar and it is recommended that participants be age 18 and older to participate due to the candor of the discussion. Interested individuals should contact Julie Schaufelberger at the YWCA (julies@ywcavanwertcounty.org) or call 419-238-6639 to register for this event no later than July 13.

The YWCA is a not-for-profit organization supported by United Way and the Van Wert County Foundation.