Human trafficking has been described by some as our modern-day holocaust. To raise awareness about the prevalence of the issue and ways to prevent it from happening in our own back yards, Heidelberg University and Tiffin University are co-hosting Human Trafficking Awareness Week Jan. 26-29 with a series of speakers that include survivors, investigators and responders.

The keynote speaker for the series will be human trafficking survivor Theresa Flores, who has turned her horrific experiences into service as a victim’s advocate and author. She will talk about her experiences as a 15-year-old in a well-to-do white suburban neighborhood, Flores survived two years of being trafficked to men in their 20s and 30s. An avid runner, older sister to three brothers and all-America girl, no one, not even her parents, knew she was being trafficked for sex.

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