Workshop informs, helps victims of trafficking

A workshop focused on combatting the sex-trafficking trade, and a fund-raiser to help survivors find freedom outside the oppressive industry, will come to Ridgecrest Saturday, Nov. 18, from noon to 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Bible Church.

Jessica Roberts De Haan, a local physician’s assistant-certified, is partnering with Agape International Missions and U Count to bring education and awareness to the community.

California has the dubious distinction of being home to one of the most active trafficking routes, and Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking has brought together more than 50 agencies to halt the “trade” and help victims.

De Haan said that although she does not consider herself an expert in the field, she is passionate in her fight against the practice and wants to help bring public awareness for the cause.

Topics of videos and talks presented throughout the day will include how to counter the supply, how to confront the demands and the impact of sex trafficking in Kern County.

Women who have escaped from that life have made beautiful items that will be available for sale. All proceeds will go to ministries that support the rescue, recovery and education of trafficked women and their children.

Watch future editions of the News Review for more information.

Story First Published: 2017-11-03