(BIVN) – Human trafficking is a very real issue on Hawai‘i Island.
That was the message from panelists who spoke during the December 7 Zonta Club of Hilo discussion on the reality of sex and labor trafficking on the Big Island. They also talked about how to spot it, and what to do.
Kathleen McGilvray of the YWCA Hawai‘i Island moderated the panel discussion, which took place at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, featuring:
- Suzanna Tiapula, Hawai‘i County Prosecutor’s Office
- Melody Stone, HI Coalition Against Human Trafficking
- Renee Perrington, Ho‘ola Na Pua
- Zahava Zaidoff, Certified Prevention Specialist
The event fits into Zonta’s 16 Days of Activism, held from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10. Zonta International has asked clubs to focus on human trafficking or the Istanbul Convention (combat violence and DV against women) as the campaign centerpiece.
Zonta International has been raising awareness of the global pandemic of women’s rights violations.
Organizers shared these informational flyers, as well: