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Marlene Carson, a survivor of human trafficking, is the first speaker during the Westerville Police Department’s Human Trafficking Forum in city council chambers.

Marlene Carson at Human Trafficking Forum

 

Human Trafficking Forum At City Hall

 

Westerville Police held its first Human Trafficking Forum Monday night in city council chambers. The program was led by Police Chief Joe Morbitzer.

Marlene Carson, a survivor of human trafficking, was the first speaker. She used her time to detail her experience as a teenager being trapped in human trafficking and how her escape led her to help others. 

Also speaking was Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Paul Herbert who described his experiences after he recognized a majority of the women charged with prostitution in his court were victims of human trafficking. He helped start C.A.T.C.H., a new court system that also treats prostitutes as victims and not just criminals.

Bryttani Barker and Quincy Brooks of the Salvation Army explained how the service organization helps run an assistance program for people trapped in human trafficking and assist them in recovering their identity and lives.

The forum was recorded and may be viewed at Westerville.tv.

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Westerville city council chambers filled for Human Trafficking Forum. (EyePush NewsPhoto/SmallTown Stock/Gary Gardiner)

Marlene Carson, a survivor of human trafficking, is the first speaker during the Westerville Police Department’s Human Trafficking Forum in city council chambers. (EyePush NewsPhoto/SmallTown Stock/Gary Gardiner)

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer moderates the Human Trafficking Forum in Westerville city council chambers. (EyePush NewsPhoto/SmallTown Stock/Gary Gardiner)

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer, Franklin County Municipal Judge Paul Herbert, and Brytanni Barker and Quincy Brook, both of the Salvation Army, listen as Marlene Carson describes her experience and escape from Human Trafficking. (EyePush NewsPhoto/SmallTown Stock/Gary Gardiner)

 

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Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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