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Discussion to address child sexual exploitation, human trafficking

Cherish All Children: My Neighbor is Not For Sale, a faith community discussion on the prevention of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking, will be from 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5 and 12 at First Lutheran Church, 424 S....

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Cherish All Children: My Neighbor is Not For Sale, a faith community discussion on the prevention of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking, will be from 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5 and 12 at First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd.

The four-part series will engage the community with resources from Lutheran Social Service, "My Neighbor Is Not For Sale" study and conclude with a visit from guest speaker Joy McElroy, executive director of Cherish All Children, and a panel of community leaders from law enforcement, the school district and local social services.

"Prostitution, pornography, and stripping are indeed huge and profitable businesses. People in the United States spend more on pornography than on movie tickets or on all the performing arts combined. The low estimate of $10 billion paid for pornography annually makes it a bigger business than professional football, basketball, and baseball put together." (Source: ELCA Statement on Commercial Sexual Exploitation)

The topics include:

• Oct. 22: "What is Sexual Exploitation" by the Rev. John Stiles, First Lutheran Church and Joy McElroy.

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• Oct. 29: "Safe Harbor: Support for Survivors" with Kate LePage, Lutheran Social Service.

• Nov. 5: "Ending Demand: Raising Healthy Boys & Men" with Stiles, First Lutheran Church.

• Nov. 12: "A Call To Action" with McElroy and community forum with panel discussion. Panel members include Don Ryan, county attorney; Janine LePage, criminal sex prosecuting attorney for Crow Wing County; Jim Exsted, Baxter Police chief; Krista Jones, manager of corrections (probation); Ronda Kline, family services supervisor (child protection/social work); and Kate LePage, Lutheran Social Service.

The event is free and open to the public. To sign up, go to tinyurl.com/y9ch9zaw or www.eventbrite.com and search "Cherish All Children;" or call First Lutheran Church at 218-829-9552. Participants can attend sessions even if they don't sign up.

The event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial and Lutheran Social Service.

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