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UM to host human trafficking awareness events

Posted at 9:32 AM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 11:34:02-05
Human Trafficking Training
A pair of training sessions aimed at helping to fight human trafficking will be held on Jan. 9. (MTN News file photo)

MISSOULA – Montana recently received more accolades for the state’s efforts to fight human trafficking.

The Treasure State received an ‘A’ rating from Shared Hope International for the state’s child sex trafficking prevention efforts for the third straight year.

A series of events are being planned at the University of Montana to help bring even more awareness to the issue.

The Missoula Human Trafficking Task Force and Soroptimist International of Whitefish will be hosting a pair of human trafficking awareness trainings on January 9 in Missoula.

The trainings will focus on commercial sexual exploitation, or CSE, a practice of gender-based violence. CSE requires a thoughtful, strategic and coordinated community response that considers and addresses all aspects of the problem.

Seattle-based expert Peter Qualliotine will share insight and lessons from more than three decades in the field about how to work together to create and sustain efforts to end CSE.

Organizers say the workshops are designed to equip those who attend with the foundational knowledge and practical skills necessary to engage others in ending CSE through coordinated community responses.

The first training will take place from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on January 9 in the University Center Theater, and all law enforcement, medical and social service professionals are invited to attend the free workshop.

A second training, open discussion and question and answer session will be held for the public from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the UC Theater.