Human trafficking survivor to speak on April 4

Theresa Flores, human trafficking survivor, author, and victim’s advocate, will present “The Slave Across the Street” at Penn State Harrisburg on Thursday, April 4. Two sessions will be offered: 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Library’s Morrison Gallery and 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Capital Union Building (CUB) Student Center. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Flores, a licensed social worker, is the founder of S.O.A.P (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), an outreach program that distributes thousands of bars of soap to hotels with information on incidences of youth prostitution, which often occur on hotel premises. The program’s goal is to raise awareness and offer solutions to the problem.

Serving on the Ohio attorney general’s Human Traffic Commission, Flores has testified in support of human trafficking legislation before the House of Representatives and the Senate, where her efforts helped create new laws to criminalize the act. Ohio Governor John Kaisch awarded Flores with the Courage Award for her contribution to the cause.

Flores has published two books on human trafficking, The Sacred Bath: An American Teen's Story of Modern Day Slavery (iUniverse, Inc., 2007) and The Slave Across the Street: The True Story of How an American Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking (Ampelon Publishing, LLC, 2010). 

This event is sponsored by the Penn State Harrisburg Commission for Women and Student Activity Fee.