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[ATG] AG Zoeller to speak at Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
Start Date: 3/30/2016Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/30/2016
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NEW ALBANY, Ind. – As co-chair of the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) Task Force, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will participate in the first-annual Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Awareness Conference at Indiana University Southeast on April 1.

The conference is being put on by the Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Task Force and IPATH. It will feature presentations from the Indiana State Police, Homeland Security, the Attorney General’s Office, various victim groups, trafficking survivors and more. More than 250 people are registered to attend.

Who:
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller
Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Task Force
Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) Task Force

What:
First-annual Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Awareness Conference

When:
Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Attorney General Zoeller will speak at 2:45 p.m.

Where:
IU Southeast, University Center, Hoosier Room (lower level)
4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN 47150

Zoeller will address conference attendees about his office’s efforts to educate the public about human trafficking, reduce demand for commercial sex that fuels this dangerous industry, and ensure victims have a network of support. Zoeller launched the Indiana’s Not Buying It awareness effort last year to bring attention to the violent nature of these crimes and the role the sex industry plays in this victimization.

Often young children and teens are targeted as victims of trafficking. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, within 48 hours of being on the street, at least one third of runaways are approached for recruitment into the sex industry.

“Human traffickers target the most vulnerable in our society, young girls who may have already been sexually abused or have run away from home,” Zoeller said. “These children are being bought and sold for sex, and parts of society continue to tolerate this industry. My office has worked to build education and awareness about the victims of trafficking so that they are provided the tools to recover and reenter society after this horrific trauma.”

Zoeller is co-chair of IPATH and serves on the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Standing Committee Against Human Trafficking. Zoeller also created the Victim Services and Outreach Division in his office last year to assist in supporting victims of violent crime, including trafficking and sexual assault. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Zoeller advocated for the passage of Senate Enrolled Act 14 during the legislative session this year, which increases the criminal penalty for possession of child pornography and child exploitation. It also expands the definition of the crimes of “visiting a common nuisance” and “maintaining a common nuisance” to encompass situations where people visit or maintain places where human trafficking takes place. The Governor has signed SEA 14 into law.

For more information about Indiana’s Not Buying It campaign and the Attorney General’s human trafficking prevention efforts, visit www.INNotBuyingIt.org. To schedule a human trafficking training, contact humantraffickinginfo@atg.in.gov.

Human trafficking tips can be reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at: 888-373-7888 (text BeFree to 233733). 

Media are welcome to attend the conference on April 1. 

Contact Information:
Name: Molly Gillaspie
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: molly.gillaspie@atg.in.gov
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