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Amador club hosts 'vision dinner' tonight to focus on preventing human trafficking

School's Mission Outreach group seeks to alert publilc to widespread U.S. problem

Students from Amador Valley High School's Mission Outreach Club are tackling the issue of human trafficking at a "vision dinner" tonight.

The evening will feature speakers from the Sold Project, which fights human trafficking in Thailand, and MISSEY, which fights sexual exploitation of young girls in the Bay Area.

Two indie rock bands from the Bay Area--General Jones and Under the Streetlight--will also perform.

"The event will be focusing on human trafficking, a major global issue that has been largely ignored because of the difficulty to prosecute those exploiting other human beings," organizers said in a statement.

"Human traffickers often abuse their victims physically and emotionally, imprison them, give them addictive drugs, and sell them to different countries to prevent escapes," the school's Mission Outreach group said. "Human trafficking is not only a severe social problem of third-world nations; it is widespread in the U.S. in forms of sexual exploitation and slavery."

The dinner will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the school campus, 1155 Santa Rita Road, near the pool and tennis courts. Admission is $2 and snacks, water and a Thai dinner will be sold, with proceeds benefitting the organizations devoted to ending human trafficking.

To learn more about the club, email av.missionoutreach@gmail.com.

--Emily West

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