Event aims to halt sex trafficking in Hamilton County

Central Indiana nonprofit Restored Inc. says the majority of sex trafficking cases it handles come from Hamilton County.  To help combat sex trafficking in the area, Restored and Chosen Boutique and Salon will host an event later this month at the Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds.

The event will help residents learn how to spot trafficking and sexual exploitation and then how to take action to stop these crimes.  Attendees will also walk away with self-defense tools to keep from becoming victims themselves.

Sex Trafficking Event

“Dauntless Defense” will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 26, in the fairground’s Exhibition Center Hall A.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  The fairgrounds are located at 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville, IN 46060.

“Many Hoosiers assume sex trafficking takes place somewhere else,” said Restored Community Outreach Coordinator Laura Mason. “This free event will educate them that trafficking is happening in their own neighborhoods.  We also want to equip them to respond to potentially explosive situations or relationships.”

In 2017, Restored served more than 150 individuals in Indiana who had been affected by human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Restored Inc. is an Indianapolis-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing direct care services to victims of domestic sex trafficking. Founder Tracy McDaniel, MSW and LSW, is also a core member on the Indiana Protection Against Abuse and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) Task Force.