Karen Walsh, president and CEO of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, spoke with America’s Work Force on March 6 about the ongoing fight to end the crimes of human trafficking.
Walsh said that human trafficking is the exploitation of a person by another person for financial benefit, which could include sex work or other forced labor. She explained that human trafficking comes in various forms, taking place in plain sight and happening around us more than we think. Walsh also talked about how the public views human trafficking victims. She said we need to make punishments harsher and give more consideration to how the crime has affected the victim. She also gave recent examples of human trafficking that took place in Ohio.
Dorsey Hager, executive secretary-treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke about the dignity of work. He discussed the Driving Futures Program, a program designed to show younger generations that a good career can be made from trucking. Hager also spoke about the Building Futures Program, a program that encourages young people to explore a career in the trades as opposed to going to college. He said that a career in the trades provides somebody with an earn while you learn opportunity, meaning that they will earn good wages and benefits, while receiving training without taking on student debt.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the continued war on unions, and the push to ban organizers from wearing union buttons or apparel while attempting to organize.
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