Manhasset temple to host panel on human trafficking

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WRJ Sisterhood of Temple Judea of Manhasset will be presenting “Hidden In Plain Sight – The Crisis of Human Trafficking on Long Island” on Wednesday Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Sue Lingenfelter, an executive board member of Long Island Against Human Trafficking and by Lisa Levine, Hadassah’s Nassau region advocacy coordinator.

Human trafficking impacts more than 20 million people around the world and is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that is prevalent on Long Island too.

Between Oct. 12 and 15, two New York teens were rescued by law enforcement from an underage sex trafficking ring. During “Operation Cross Country XL”, law enforcement offered help to 28 women who fell victim to human trafficking.

The human trafficking of youth and the commercial sexual exploitation of children are punishable by both state and federal Law.

Long Island Against Trafficking is a coalition that was founded in 2007 by a group of Long Island residents advocating for change and freedom from human trafficking. It also aims to assist the victims of human trafficking by providing aftercare support and create awareness within the community for the need of justice.

The program is open to the community and is free of charge. High school students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the event and RSVP, call (516)621-8049 or email shari@temple-judea.com.

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