Learn about human trafficking at March meeting of Long Beach University Women

Mary White, Executive Director of Gems Uncovered, and Melodie Fox, author of My Name is Freedom, will share their experiences of abused and trapped women living in fear, at the Saturday, March 7 meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), starting at 9:30 a.m. at Golden Sails Inn, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803. RSVP to PayPal account [email protected] $5.00 for meeting/program only and $29.00.

A problem currently in the news is Human Trafficking. Prostitution has been with us for millennia. The difference today is that Human Trafficking has become the second most profitable industry after drug trafficking. One in three teens are recruited within forty-eight hours after that have run away from home or foster care.

Gems Uncovered is a local Long Beach non-profit, which reaches out to these victims nightly in Long Beach along Pacific Coast Highway as well as other venues. They run a drop-in Center to help both males and females assimilate into society. They offer short-and long-term housing, trauma care, career alternatives in addition to other resources. Awareness workshops are held to educate the public. Mary White, Executive Director of the program, will inform on what to look for if you suspect unusual behavior in a public place.

In the book, My Name is Freedom, Melodie Fox told of a Chinese woman whose parents sold her into slavery, another type of Human Trafficking This enslaved woman lived in Taiwan but was eventually brought to an Orange County home, as a servant. Sha had no education, no opportunity to better her situation. A neighbor believed she was held against her will and offered help.

Melodie, author and editor for Square Tree Publishing, lives in Southern California where she divides her time between writing and working as an educator/project coordinator for a local college and non-profit educational foundation. Creator of Enthusiastic Books, she loves combining her creative talents with teaching tools, equipping educators and inspiring people. In both situations the women live in fear. They are abused and trapped.

Spanning a period from 1920 through 2020, a decade of Past presidents will be recognized and honored for their service to promote AAUW.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach Branch has been actively involved in the community since 1911. The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, with membership open to those with an AA degree or greater. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch, or to find out more about AAUW in Long Beach, please visit www.aauw-longbeach.org.

The article above was released by the Long Beach chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).