Human Trafficking & Stalking Awareness Event to be Held at ASU on Jan. 30

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By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

Human sexual trafficking and stalking is a problem that has become an omnipresent issue in American society and Alabama State University's Violence Against Wo(men) Program (VAWP) is sponsoring an awareness  program on Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last week-day of national 'Human Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month.' The event is designed to inform students and the public on what sexual trafficking and stalking looks like and how to combat it. 

This important informational ASU event is titled "Free to Ride and Not Have To Hide" and it will be held in front of the ASU Fred Shuttlesworth Dining Hall. 

The program is free, open to the public and to all ASU students, both male and female.

It is sponsored by Regions Bank, ASU's VAWP and the University's Title IX Office.


Both a female and a male student who attends the program has a chance to win one of two bicycles, which have been donated by Regions Bank. Students will be asked to donate $1 to mount the stationary bikes for one-minute intervals while reading facts about human trafficking and stalking.  At the end of the event, names will be drawn for winners who rode the bikes.


Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Alabama. ASU's Violence Against Wo(men) Program (VAWP) works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in Alabama to serve victims and survivors of violence, trafficking, stalking and to provide resources to victims.

Selling people for sex or for underpaid labor is considered a $150 billion business worldwide. Researchers who study trafficking in Alabama believe that our state is a microcosm of what’s going on in the U.S., which means that human trafficking and stalking is a crime occurring right here in Alabama. Stalking is a crime that is also too prevalent in Alabama and in many cases leads to physical and emotional violence. ASU's VAWP program also is here to assist anyone who feels they may be a victim of stalking.

To speak to someone about these issues in confidence or about any other acts of violence against women or men, contact Cheryl Lang, at the ASU Police Dept. 334-229-6767 or call 911.