Human Trafficking Survivor to Speak in Chillicothe, Wednesday

A two-day event that will allow both parents and high school students to hear the story of a woman once trapped in the world of human trafficking when she was a a teen, comes to Chillicothe this week.

Chillicothe/Ross Public Library Director, James Hill, says human trafficking survivor, Theresa Flores, will address both members of the community and high school students.

"Theresa Flores is a national advocate for victims of human trafficking, she's a survivor herself," said Hill. "She was trafficked as a teenager in Detroit. Part of her story is that all of this was going on and no one knew it. No one was checking in with her, and that's part of her story."

 Flores is also the author of at least two pieces on the subject of human trafficking.

"About seven or eight years ago, she wrote a book about her experience titled 'The Slave Across the Street: The True Story of How an American Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking'," said Hill. "Last year, she came out with a student guide called 'Slavery in the Land of the Free', which was targeted toward high school juniors and seniors."

Flores will speak at a free community event at the Main Library Annex Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. She'll then speak to students at Chillicothe High School on Thursday morning, and then again at Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center Thursday afternoon.

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