Human Trafficking to be Discussed at WWU

Human trafficking is the second largest crime industry world-wide, but a coalition in mid-Missouri is working to stop it. A representative of the coalition will speak at William Woods University Monday (Nov. 16).


Human trafficking is the practice of tricking, luring, coercing or otherwise removing people from their home or country, and then compelling them to work with little or no payment or on terms that are highly exploitative.


The victims of human trafficking can be used in a variety of situations, including prostitution, forced labor and other forms of involuntary servitude. The sale of babies and children for international adoption is also considered to be trafficking.


Carrie Tyler, human trafficking victim services coordinator for the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition (CMSHTC), will present information at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in WWU’s Library Auditorium.  The program is free and open to the public.


Tyler will explain about human trafficking and how to identify both its practice and its victims. She will also tell about the services and work of her organization, CMSHTC.


CMSHTC is committed to ending the modern day slave-trade, or human trafficking. Its mission is “to stop forced labor and sexual exploitation by discovering the invisible slave, rescuing the visible captive and restoring victims to holistic lives.”


The organization is made up of community members and representatives from various groups, including law enforcement, social-service providers, faith-based organizations, students, educators and health-care providers.


For more information about the event, contact Loree Monroe, WWU nurse practitioner and event sponsor, at (573) 592-4222 or