Almanac

Community - January 30, 2013

Church shows exhibit on human trafficking

A multi-sensory exhibit on global human trafficking will be open to the public at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for three days, Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 29-31.

"We want people to see, hear and experience stories of tragedy and triumph, and find hope," Bennie Ingraham, mission director at the church said in a press release. "The goal of this exhibit is not only to educate, but to provide action steps of how to make a difference."

Admission to the exhibit is free, but reservations are recommended. Times are Tuesday, Jan, 29, from noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 9 p.m.; and Thursday, Jan. 31, from noon to 6 p.m. The church is at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

Visit mppc.org/sold to make reservations.

The exhibit, called the "SOLD Experience," was conceived by Amber Bruce, Jessica MacFarlan and Krista Hanson and was financed by a grant from Bethel Church in Richland, Washington, said Monica Brandt, a spokesperson for the Menlo Park church.

It takes about an hour to go through the exhibit and it is appropriate for ages 13 and up, she said.

A total of 27 million people around the world are victims of modern-day slavery, according to a 2012 report by the U.S. Department of State. "Human trafficking is an issue that is largely unknown and misunderstood," says Amber Bruce, co-creator of the SOLD Experience. "Shedding light is the first step in combating it."

In the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to use smart phones to "tweet, text, post photos, receive additional information, and live blog about their experience," Ms. Brandt said. "At the end, participants learn how they can help eradicate modern-day slavery."

Visit soldexp.org for more information about the exhibit.

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