Expert Panel to Address Sex Trafficking in East Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, ID – KID Newsradio is hosting an event to address the challenge of disrupting human sex trafficking in east Idaho on Wednesday, March 14 at the Hillcrest Performing Arts Center.

EMANCIPATION: Disrupting the Modern Slave Trade, facilitated by KID Newsradio’s Neal Larson and Julie Mason, will feature several regional experts and advocates:

Stephanie Silva, Local human trafficking survivor
Dr. Jim Hopla, BYU-Idaho Professor who studies and teaches about why people do what they do (as it pertains to addiction, etc.)
Dr. Deirdre Caputo-Levine, Idaho State University Professor specializing in criminology and prisoner reentry
Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson, Idaho Falls police chief
Matt Smith, Executive Director of Operation Shield

The panel will answer audience questions about the reality of the human sex trafficking industry in east Idaho and how they can protect families and communities. Tim Ballard, Founder/CEO Operation Underground Railroad, former CIA agent, will also be appearing via Skype.

According to Operation Underground Railroad, approximately 30 million individuals around the world are being trafficked in sex slavery and forced labor. Approximately two million of those are child sex slaves.

While sex trafficking in places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic capture much of the attention, it happens in the United States and in east Idaho as well. This event aims to educate the public about how the problem is manifested locally and what efforts can be taken to disrupt human sex trafficking in our communities.

KID Newsradio will also host a special discount-ticket screening of The Abolitionists Movie – A Mission to End Child Trafficking, on Monday, March 12th, at 7pm at the Paramount Theater (2085 Niagara St., Idaho Falls).

Additionally, a KID Newsradio podcast series “Disruptors” hosted by event organizer and KID news producer Sydney Jensen is available here.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and guests can interact with different local organizations dedicated to combating this industry, in the lobby of the auditorium. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude at 8:30 p.m.