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March 29, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Panhellenic Council hosts human trafficking speaker

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Panhellenic Council hopes to raise awareness and support for the modern anti-slavery movement by hosting Jaime Turek, a speaker with the Project to End Human Trafficking, in a free 7:30 p.m., April 9, lecture in the Smith Student Center.

Sorority members at SRU are selling bracelets to support the Red Thread Movement ( throughout the month of March. The red bracelets are reminders of the fight against sexual slavery in Nepal.

The U.S. State Department estimates there are 20.9 million people in forced labor, bonded labor and forced prostitution around the world.

Turek will share an interactive presentation on the problem of modern slavery and the anti-slavery movement.

According to website, the project engages in anti-trafficking coalition building, educational outreach, direct services to victims and collaboration with other national and international organizations in the global fight against human trafficking.

The Project to End Human Trafficking is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 as part of the anti-slavery movement. The initial goal was not to begin an organization, but simply to offer educational lectures about human trafficking. The founders quickly discovered that the need for information about slavery was great and they consulted with similar groups, such as Free the Slaves, to determine the best way to move forward with their work.

The Panhellenic Council, under the auspices of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, serves as the governing board for six of the sororities at SRU. The council provides numerous educational programs and leadership opportunities to enhance the campus community.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.