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Crime & Courts

Berwyn police to host sex trafficking presentation

BERWYN – The Berwyn Police Department will host a presentation on child sex trafficking from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Morton West High School main auditorium, 2400 S. Home Ave., Berwyn, according to a city of Berwyn news release.

Child sex trafficking is the fastest growing business of organized crime, and it is the third largest criminal enterprise in the world, the release stated. There are more than 20,000 child sex slaves younger than 18 in the United States, and it is estimated that one out of every six runaway children will become victims of sex trafficking, according to the release.

"With over 130 reported missing children in Berwyn last year, this is a statistic that our community cannot ignore, as there are confirmed instances of these crimes occurring in the Chicagoland area," the release stated.

The Police Department's presentation will feature Elizabeth Fisher, president and CEO of Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization with the mission to end sex trafficking, and Virginia Mary Kendall, judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

They will explain how sex trafficking is affecting Chicago-area children and what the public can do to help, according to the release.

This free event will feature live Spanish translation and supervised child care for children older than 5.

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