Register now for Concordia conference on ‘Modern-day Slavery’

August 22, 2014 by

Experts from across the state will gather in Concordia in September for a one-day conference on human trafficking.

The registration deadline is Sept. 12 for the “Conference on the Epidemic of Modern-day Slavery,” which is set for Sept. 26 at Cloud County Community College. The cost is $25 and includes lunch.

Three CEU hours are available for nurses, social workers and other health care professionals who attend.

To register, contact Joanne Balthazor at or 785/243-1435, ext. 375.


Presenters during the daylong program — planned and organized by instructors in the Allied Health Department at the college and Sisters Margaret Nacke and Mary Savoie — will be:

  • Karen Countryman-Roswurm, PhD., director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking in Wichita
  • Dr. Terra Frazier, associate professor of pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Pat Colloton, Kansas Assistant Attorney General, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.

The program is designed to help participants understand the crime of human trafficking, to increase awareness of all aspects of this modern-day slavery and discuss Kansas laws related to the crime.

Between 14,500 and 17,500 young children, teenagers, men and women are trafficked into the United States each year, according to the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens, including those in rural areas like North Central Kansas, are also trafficked out to other countries.

Even more disturbing is a five-year study by the National Human Trafficking Hotline, completed in 2012.

That study showed that the three most common forms of sex trafficking reported to the hotline involved pimp-controlled prostitution, commercial-front brothels, and escort services. Labor trafficking was most frequently reported in domestic work, restaurants, peddling rings, and sales crews.

U.S. citizens were the victims in 41 percent of sex trafficking cases and 20 percent of labor trafficking cases. Women were the victims in 85 percent of sex trafficking cases, and men in 40 percent of labor trafficking cases.

The Sept. 26 conference is funded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, the Cloud County Community College Academic Enrichment Program, Hope for Healing and the Community Foundation for Cloud County.




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