GWU Student Club Fights Human Trafficking Through Action Week, Feb. 24-28

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‘Release the Captives’ Offers Tangible Ways for Advocates to Get Involved

A photo showing two hands, one has a red X which is a symbol for fighting human trafficking and this person is tying a ribbon bracelet on the other person's hand.
Fair trade products will be available at the market on Feb. 27 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Faith Hall of Tucker Student Center.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, the state of North Carolina is among the top 10 in the country for human trafficking, and Charlotte is the No. 1 city in the state. To bring awareness to efforts to prevent and end this injustice, the Gardner-Webb University club, “Release the Captives,” is hosting Anti-Human Trafficking Action Week (aHTAW) Feb. 24-28.

Release members have planned the following events for Anti-Human Trafficking Action Week. All activities are open to the public.

  • 24 – Art and Activism, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Tucker Lobby
  • 25 – Prayer Vigil, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., back patio of Tucker
  • 26 – Open Mic Night, 8-9 p.m., bottom floor of Tucker, donations made during the evening will go to Justice Ministries in Charlotte, N.C. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization locates victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, helps them get out of their situation and into a safe place, facilitates an environment conducive to healing, and assists them in their transition to independence.
  • 27 – Fair Trade Market, 3:30 to 7 p.m., Faith Hall, Tucker, Fair Trade products combat human trafficking through business models that provide fair wages and safe working conditions for workers.
  • 28 – Balloon Release, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., front of Tucker, write your commitment to anti-human trafficking efforts on a biodegradable balloon. Release the balloon afterwards as a reminder of your support.

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