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Meeting the Challenge of Verde Valley Sex Trafficking

childrenSedona AZ (January 3, 2016) – As the newest member of the Verde Valley Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Women’s Havurah and the Social Action Team of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley are cosponsoring a program to inform the community about the issue of sex trafficking of minors in Yavapai County. YCSO Detective Chad Shilling and Lori Rubenstein will present information on this important topic.

What the speakers know about sex trafficking is shocking and they feel an obligation to share this information with you. You might think that it happens primarily overseas, or maybe in Metropolitan areas, but not here, not in Yavapai County! They will bring you the facts and, more importantly, let you know how you can make a difference.

jewish community sedona verde valleyDetective Chad Shilling began to serve with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office in 2006. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau as a detective and has conducted multiple prostitution stings in Yavapai County and around the state of Arizona. Det. Shilling is committed to helping the girls who are being “abuse and used.”

Schilling says “…this is not the movie “Pretty Woman.” These children need help. Yavapai County is on the forefront of addressing the issue head on. Raising awareness is the first step towards eradicating the problem.”

Lori Rubenstein is an ambassador for Shared Hope International, a member of the Sedona City of Peace and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, who says, “The reality is that there are minors, children, who are being, bought, traded, sold, enslaved, sexually abused, beaten, used and thrown away, right here in Arizona…this is unacceptable.”

The free program is scheduled for Sunday, January 10, 2016, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadowlark Drive, Sedona. The public is welcome.

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