KC-Area Organizations Launch Student Competition to Combat Child Trafficking

Call for Entries Now Open Asking Students to Take Action Against Trafficking

Kansas City-area Rotary clubs have partnered with local organizations Intouch Group and Lumen Touch to spread awareness about child trafficking. Together, the organizations have launched a contest, “Students Stopping Trafficking,” which aims to inspire Kansas City-area high school students to create a compelling awareness campaign or idea to combat the trafficking and targeting of peers in their own communities. Ideas could include an advertising campaign, a live event, a social media campaign, or something more.

In 2019, 11,500 human trafficking cases were reported in the United States; around two-thirds of those reports were for sex trafficking. As with most public health issues, awareness is key to the prevention of human trafficking. “I’ve been asked, ‘Is trafficking really a public health issue?’ It absolutely is,” said Intouch Group Chief Creative Officer Susan Perlbachs. “And it’s not just me saying so. The Administration for Children and Families, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, considers it a public health concern affecting entire communities.”

­The contest unites three organizations that share a passion for technology, educating young people, and advocating on behalf of public health issues. “Trafficking is becoming more severe with the help of technology, and as a technology organization focused on students, we want to help bring awareness and support our community in eliminating student trafficking,” said Audrey Mathis, Chief Operations Officer at Lumen Touch.

Three cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place winners — each given to the students’ schools — and students who submit the first-place selection will then work with Intouch Group, a healthcare advertising agency, to bring their idea to life.

The contest is open to students aged 13-18, living in Kansas or Missouri. Entries are due by October 1, 2021, and finalists will be asked to present their ideas to a panel of judges via video conference. More information about the contest – including FAQ’s, a scoring rubric, and resources for students – is available on the website at https://studentsstoppingtraffic.com/.

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