Discussion focusing on technology’s role in human trafficking

Human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and adults for financial gain, is a growing issue in Rhode Island and throughout the United States.

In response, an upcoming presentation and panel discussion open to the Salve Regina community and the general public will define human trafficking and explain its signs and symptoms. “Community Response: Technology’s Role in Human Trafficking” will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall.

The event will educate students and the community on the issue of human trafficking in Rhode Island and nationally, discuss technology as it relates to the recruitment of victims and examine the technology used by law enforcement to find victims and identify perpetrators.

“Human trafficking is a horrendous crime that impacts communities throughout our nation, including right here in Rhode Island,” said Maureen Philbin ’86, director of advocacy for the sexual assault and trauma center Day One. “This event will help inform students and the community of warning signs and approached to responding to human trafficking. The growth of technology has been a boom for traffickers; but it has also been key in our approach in identifying and tracking both victims and perpetrators.”

In addition to Philbin, panelists will include:

  • Gregg Catlow ’02, ’09 (M), detective sergeant, Smithfield Police Department
  • Jodie Donaghy, special agent, Homeland Security Investigations
  • Michael Iacone ’02, detective, Cranston Police Department
  • Dennis Leahey, major, Burrillville Police Department
  • Johnson Thomas ’16, training coordinator, Day One

The event is sponsored by the Administration of Justice Club and Day One as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month events.

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