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Human Trafficking Forum October 12

Human Trafficking LogoThe GFWC North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club is presenting a “Community Forum on Human Trafficking” on October 12, 2016 at the Conference Center at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

This forum is hosted in conjunction with the City of North Myrtle Beach, the City of Myrtle Beach, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, Horry County Government, McLeod Seacoast, WPDE, Elliott Realty, and North Myrtle Beach Times.

The keynote speaker will be South Carolina State Attorney General, Alan Wilson. In addition, the forum schedule will include experiences from the frontline and discussions with local experts. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The purpose of this forum is to raise awareness of human trafficking and its devastating effects on our communities. Forum discussion topics will include:

  • How people are targeted and held against their will
  • Who the victims are, and how to recognize them
  • The kind of help needed by people who have been trafficked –physically and mentally
  • A review of cases in SC; what the Federal and State laws are; difficulties law enforcement face; success stories
  • Community resources and gaps

In addition to the forum, we are partnering with Coastal Carolina University’s Division of Academic and Community Outreach to offer a workshop. The workshop will give participants the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of human trafficking through readings, case studies, and discussion.

If you attend both the forum and the workshop, you could be eligible to receive one continuing education credit (CEU). The workshop is scheduled for October 18, 2016 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM at the Myrtle Beach Education Center, 900 79th Avenue in Myrtle Beach.

The forum is $15 and includes a boxed lunch. The workshop is $15. You must attend the forum to sign up for the workshop.

Register for the forum only or for both forum and workshop at

Online registration ends on October 7. Tickets can be purchased after this date, but lunch will not be included. Email questions or comments to or call 843-399-6590.

Should you wish to participate, club members will also be accepting donations of new/gently used bras for the international organization, Free the Girls. This is a donation and not a prerequisite for attendance at the forum. Free the Girls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to provide jobs to survivors of sex trafficking in developing countries by helping them set up micro enterprises selling bras.  In addition, through the collection of bras, the organization strives to educate people and organizations about the scourge of human trafficking worldwide.






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