Sex trafficking will be the topic of discussion at this year’s 2013 Leadership Conference for the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
The four-day conference will begin on April 11 in Las Vegas and will dedicate its first day to bringing awareness to the subject of sex trafficking, a topic organizers say has not received a lot of attention in the Black community.
Phi Beta Sigma’s San Diego chapter has collaborated with the San Diego-based non-profit Nu(me)r.a.l.s. to promote its new movement, “Gentlemen Don’t John,” in an effort to encourage Black men to talk about the truth concerning sex trafficking. The term “John” is used to categorize men who solicit prostitutes.
Statistics show African Americans represent nearly 40 percent of the girls trafficked in the United States and more than 48 percent of pimps are Black.
“The growing number of Black and African American women sold into sex trafficking made it imperative to spread awareness about this growing epidemic,” Nu(me)r.a.l.s. Executive Director and Founder Chida R. Warren-Darby told AFRO.
On the agenda for first day of the conference will be a town hall meeting on sex trafficking and the bearings it has on the Black community.
The panelists for the meeting will include Khalifa King, CEO and founder of Harmonious Solutions, a nonprofit organization providing therapy and all-purpose counseling to minority communities, and Leah Albright-Bryd who is an advocate and a Black sex trafficking survivor.
This occasion will be Albright-Bryd’s first visit to Las Vegas since her friend Bridget was murdered in the city.
Bridget was forced into prostitution and sex trafficking before her murder. Since, Albright-Byrd has created “Bridget’s Dream” an organization in her friend’s memory to aid in the rescue efforts of young girls from sex trafficking and prostitution.
Albright-Bryd told Davis she “looks for King to address sex trafficking and prostitution and the Black male psyche during the discussion.”