Exposing the Dark World of Human Trafficking at the Annual District 6990 Rotary Training Assembly

By May 3, 2018News
Left to Right: Sara Monaghan, a survivor of labor trafficking, Beatriz Susana Uitts, Research Assistant at Human Trafficking Academy, and Ret. Chief Therese Homer, Chair, Human Trafficking Initiative at Rotary International District 6990.

On Saturday, April 28th, Mrs. Beatriz Susana Uitts, Research Assistant for the Human Trafficking Academy, participated as a guest panelist in the annual District 6990 Rotary Training Assembly organized by the Rotary International District 6990. The event took place at the Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, and it brought together leaders and members of Rotary from Southeast Florida, The Florida Keys, and Grand Bahama Island, to address current happenings in Rotary and their district as well as other important topics relevant to district members.

As part of their human trafficking initiative, Rotary International District 6990, aimed one of its panel discussions to raise awareness and address issues related to the crime of trafficking in persons. During the session titled, “The Scourge of Human Trafficking,” Mrs. Uitts discussed trafficking in human beings as an international, federal, and local issue that affects society as a whole. Her talk also highlighted how cyber criminals operate online to facilitate this heinous crime. In addition, Mrs. Uitts led a labor trafficking survivor interview, which demonstrated the effects of the victimization and the need to protect and assist trafficking victims and survivors.

The Human Trafficking Academy is committed to tackling the issue of trafficking in persons through research, outreach, and education as well as collaborate with local organizations in its effort to eradicate this human rights violation.