Truman students raise awareness about human trafficking

Some students at Truman State University are spending the week raising awareness about human trafficking.

The definition of human trafficking is forced labor slavery and prostitution. Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion in the United States yearly, and Truman students are working to put a stop to the practice.

The students are doing so by handing out informational pamphlets, setting up displays around campus and showing documentaries that are open to both Truman students and the community. The week will conclude with a presentation from a former trafficking victim. The presentation is set for 7:30 this Friday evening in Baldwin Auditorium.

"Definitely in America we have the sense of everyone has the right to freedom and I know that's not the case in the majority of the world, but I think there's just human beings that deserve to be free and to be treated with respect," said Noelle Stratman, a Truman State Student.

Other events to raise awareness during the week include a documentary showing on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater, local speakers on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre and concluding with the presentation from the former trafficking victim Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium. All events will take place on the campus of Truman State University.