Club News: Berwick Home Benefit FCE

Submitted by Edith Ketter

Members of the Berwick Home Benefit FCE met at the home of Diane Hanzlicek Monday, Sept. 10. Seven members answered roll call, “Have you heard or know anything about human trafficking?”

Membership dues were collected for 2019. Officers for 2019 are president Roma McCorkle, vice president Glennis Lippert, secretary Marjean Moore, treasurer Judy Emert, public relations representative Edith Ketter, and council representative Diane Hanzlicek.

Ruth Meyer will collect the Best Choice labels. McCorkle will make favors for the hospital. Lippert will make arrangements for the window display celebrating FCE the week of Oct. 14.

Emert gave the lesson about human trafficking. Human trafficking is the third largest criminal industry in the world, with the first and second being drug trafficking and arms trafficking. Criminals prefer human trafficking to the other two crimes because when you sell drugs you only sell the drug once. When you have a victim of human trafficking, they can be sold over and over.

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both.

Victims of human trafficking include not only men and women lured into forced labor by the promise of a better life in the U.S., but also boys and girls who were born in the U.S.

Human trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry that is based on the principles of supply and demand, like drugs or arms trafficking. Human trafficking is fueled by a demand for cheap labor, services and for commercial sex. Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. Contact local law enforcement.

The next meeting will be Nov. 12 at the Apostolic Christian Village with Edith Ketter as hostess.

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