Free Human Trafficking Self-Defense Course Offered This Saturday

COLORADO SPRINGS – Human trafficking can often be confused with child abduction, and while both are tragic, human trafficking can affect people of all ages and backgrounds.

That is why Calvary Family Martial Arts and Fitness, Colorado Springs Police and the Southern Colorado Human Trafficking Task Force have teamed up to offer a free human trafficking awareness workshop this weekend.

I spoke with Isaac Costley, the owner of Calvary Family Martial Arts and Fitness, about what inspired them to co-host this class this weekend. He said it’s because human trafficking affects more people than you might think, and it’s important that we educate our community members and give them the tools to stay safe.

According to the US State Department, “With an estimated 24.9 million victims worldwide at any given time, human traffickers prey on adults and children of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, exploiting them to their own profit”.

“We want to step up and take the time to let people know that not only is this your daughter, but this can be your son, and we don’t seem to understand that. In our state, in our city, in our community, human trafficking, which is the current form of slavery, continues, and we are going to step up and let people know about it,” Costley said.

“It’s important for us to be more proactive than reactive, we’re going to go over common signs to let you know as a parent, and even you as a teenager, young adult know, who’s trying to pull you in, what are they doing, and how social media is also playing its part in this terrible thing called human trafficking.

The course will take place at CFMAF Martial Arts this Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Kristen T. Prall