Cedarville social work seniors hold event poster

Cedarville social work seniors host formerly trafficked speaker

by Hannah Fair, Public Relations Writer


When you think of modern-day slavery, sex-trafficking in foreign countries often comes to mind. However, there are many types of slavery that occur today within America and around the world.

“Stolen Childhood: Freeing the World’s Youngest Slaves” will be held April 19 in the Stevens Student Center event rooms from 6:30-8 p.m. Evelyn Chumbow, who was labor-trafficked as a child domestic servant in America, will be the featured speaker.

Social work seniors have planned all aspects of the event as a major senior project, including the marketing, mission and vision, theme, menu and speaker.

There are 40 million people currently enslaved worldwide. Of those individuals, 20 million are in forced labor slavery, and 10 million are children.

“Slavery is very much against the gospel’s message that we are free and made in the image of God,” said Melissa Brown, assistant professor of social work. “We want this event to cause attendants to think critically about what is going on in the world and how everyone can be involved in stopping all forms of slavery.”

The program is free and open to the public. For those in helping professions, 1 1/2 continuing education units can be earned by attending this event. There will be a question and answer time with Chumbow and refreshments will be served.

“Those who attend this event will learn how to have a more eloquent way of communicating and informing others of trafficking, as well as how to reach formerly-trafficked children with the gospel. Chumbow will teach practical action steps that everyone can take to help put an end to all types of trafficking,” added Brown.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.