Seminar on human trafficking awareness and prevention set


Event will be held Jan. 29 on community college campus

Frozen in pictures on the computer screen. Trapped in unfamiliar beds. Lost between the pages of society. For each commercially sexually exploited youth who is rescued in the United States, 99 children are still waiting to be rescued from the chains of this modern-day slavery.

Join Lauralee Norris in honoring National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month at the Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Seminar at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Oregon Coast Community College Central County Campus, located at 400 SE College Way, South Beach.

At this community education course, Norris will present information about human trafficking in general and the steps the community can take to prevent it. Register for this seminar at Oregon Coast Community College at form.jotform.com/93294548349168 or call 541-996-6222 during business hours. The seminar is free to the public.

The research for Norris’ Capstone Senior Project at Eastern Oregon University was featured in a series of articles appearing in the News-Times, as well as on the radio station KYAQ and at the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. Throughout her project, Norris has shined a light into the modern world of human trafficking and the path that victims take to secure their freedom.

This seminar will cover the signs of grooming, the environment that human trafficking thrives in, the signs to look for and how to report suspected human trafficking. For her project, Norris designed a four-stage campaign against human trafficking called The Blue Butterfly Project. During this seminar, she will talk about the successes of her project and how the community can continue to fight against human trafficking moving forward.

To find out more about The Blue Butterfly Project, check out its Facebook group at The Blue Butterfly Project or go online at bluebutterflyproject.wordpress.com.

Norris graduated from Newport High School in 2016 and is a graduate of Oregon Coast Community College with two associate’s degrees. She is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing online at Eastern Oregon University.

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