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Symposium for Fayette, Coweta focus on human trafficking

Some in the communities spanning Fayette and Coweta counties might be surprised to learn that human trafficking is a problem not only in America, but in Georgia. A symposium calling for an end to human trafficking will be held Feb. 1 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Newnan.

The “End Human Trafficking” panel will feature Ga. Attorney General Sam Olens, Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Coppedge, Wellspring Living representative Mary Frances Bowley, and members of the Ga. Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Symposium organizers in noting the extent of human trafficking said 100,000 American children, both boys and girls with an average age of 12-14, are trafficked each year.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited and RSVPs should be made to cowetafayetterotary@gmail.com or by calling 770-253-9478 for more information.

The Feb. 1 symposium will run from 9:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Cornerstone United Methodist Church is located at 2956 Sharpsburg McCollum Road.

There is no cost for attendance, though organizers ask that attendees bring items for the Backpack Buddies and Joshua’s Gift organizations which provide food for local needy children.

The event is being co-hosted by the Rotary clubs of Coweta-Fayette, Newnan, Peachtree City, Fayette Daybreak and Fayetteville.

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