- Fatal Fire On Essex Fells-Verona BorderPosted 21 hours ago
- Bonds, Clerk, Police IT Issues Roil Council MeetingPosted 2 weeks ago
- Water Main Break On MontrosePosted 2 weeks ago
- Verona Families Seek Leads In Nephew’s Murder As Reward GrowsPosted 3 weeks ago
- Paving Closes Streets On MondayPosted 1 month ago
- Attempted Armed Robbery At Fuel StopPosted 2 months ago
- Fire Guts Linden Avenue GaragePosted 3 months ago
- Water Main Break Affects Hemlock, LaurelPosted 3 months ago
- BOE Prez Faults Town Engineer For Field RumorsPosted 4 months ago
- Lower Linden Avenue Closing For ConstructionPosted 4 months ago
Veronan Leads Human Trafficking Awareness Event Ahead Of Super Bowl
Two trainings were held by former trafficked survivor, Theresa Flores, who founded S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) to help victims who are forced into sex slavery.
Large sporting events are known to increase the demand for commercial sex. Sadly, many of the women and girls who are trafficked for sex are often missing children under the age of 18. Because of the high demand, these victims are raped repeatedly as they are held against their will to service around 30 or so male customers.
Following last year’s Super Bowl in Indiana, MSNBC ran marathon reporting on human trafficking. It was then that Verona resident Elizabeth Santeramo, co-chair of this year’s SOAP-up NJ effort, saw Flores share her story as a trafficked survivor. Santeramo’s co-chair, Sue Flynn, got a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of New Jersey to cover awareness materials–bars of soap and the phone number for the national human trafficking hotline (1-888-373-7888)–and a total of 450 volunteers attended the training this weekend to learn how to alert staff and managers that missing children who may have been kidnapped into sex slavery may be brought into their establishment during Super Bowl weekend. Volunteers went in groups of four and collectively, visited 300 motels and hotels in the area. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Most accepted the materials, which included pictures, names, and ages of missing children from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and the bars of soap.
“Human trafficking is modern day slavery,” said Santeramo. “Victims cannot simply run or leave. They are under watch, are often chained, and have no documentation or belongings.”
Get News Updates By Email
Lisa Freschi Running For Board Of Education
Lisa Freschi, who has served on Verona’s public school...
- Posted 21 mins ago
Orange Crab Ice Cream
Keep reading– I promise there is no fish in...
- Posted 2 hours ago
Verona Rides New Wave Of Swimming
The Verona Pool is 25 meters from side to...
- Posted 15 hours ago
Where In Verona Is It? Week 52
This is it folks: The last week of MyVeronaNJ.com’s...
- Posted 3 years ago
Where In Verona Is It? Week 22
Naughty? Nice? We’re not going to be judgmental. We’re...
- Posted 4 years ago
PSEG: Here’s Verona Outage Map
With the millions of homes without power around New...
- Posted 2 years ago