Human trafficking is Passover focus in Sacramento area

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Published: Monday, Mar. 5, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 2B

Area Jewish congregations are focusing on human trafficking in the region as they prepare for the Passover season, the annual commemoration of the ancient Hebrews’ exodus from Egyptian bondage.

Five congregations – Beth Shalom, B’nai Israel,Bet Haverim, Mosaic Law and Temple Or Rishon – will feature the issue in sermons this month leading up to Passover, April 6-14.

Because of the region’s freeway network and reliance on migrant labor, Sacramento is considered a hub of the illegal activity. Human traffickers typically target women and children, exploiting them for commercial sex or labor purposes, organizers say.

The National Council of Jewish Women, Sacramento, is presenting a free educational forum on human trafficking, from 7 to 9 p.m. April 23 at KOH Library and Cultural Center, 2300 Sierra Blvd. Featured speakers will include a human-trafficking expert, an FBI special agent and local providers of services to survivors.