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Longview university hosts 'Not for Sale' concert to fight trafficking

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Nearly 30 million people are sold into human trafficking each year, and a group at one East Texas university wants to do something about it.

"Not for Sale" is a global campaign that encourages people from all walks of life to join the fight to end human trafficking.

And that's exactly what a group of people at LeTourneau University will be doing tonight when they host a worship concert to raise awareness about the magnitude of the worldwide human trafficking problem.

"I think that so many people are still unaware of the widespread popularity of human trafficking and the widespread oppression that it causes," said Amy Slabeck.

And to raise awareness, Slabeck's band, the Benjamin McClish Band, will headline tonight's "Not for Sale" worship concert.

"The majority of human slavery involves children that are sold into sex trafficking as young as -- well, quite young, but mainly starting around the age of 12," Slabeck said. "And a lot of times they are sold to help the family. I read a stat today that in third world countries and lower socioeconomic countries, a lot of people will do it for something as small as a color TV. Many times the parents don't understand the full effect of human trafficking, but some of them do know what they're selling their children into."

Slabeck says at least 30 million people globally are involved in human trafficking. So many of them, she says, were just looking for a better life.

"The chance to go to the States or to a non-third world country is a very appealing chance for parents, and so they're actually hoping that their children will get a better opportunity at life when in turn they're being sold into something that they'll never even see their family again," she said.

Tonight's concert will be held at the S.E. Belcher Center on the LeTourneau campus.

It starts at 7 p.m. and is free to attend, but a love offering will be taken to send to the "Not for Sale" organization to continue fighting human trafficking.

For more information, visit www.notforsalecampaign.org.


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