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[Fight Human Trafficking] Collide: Freedom and Art

Sat, 05/04/2013 -
5:00pm to 11:00pm
Hudson Business Lounge
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This event is about more than ART and MUSIC. It’s about the COLLISION of freedom and arts as we IGNITE awareness of the plight of victims caught in human trafficking and how you can TRANSFORM YOUR COMMUNITY.

Live Music. Compelling Art. Silent Auction.

Saturday, May 4, 2013
5-11 pm
FREE Admission
Located at the Hudson Business Lounge in the Historic Third Ward (310 E Buffalo St Milwaukee)

Join us in this dynamic, relaxed social setting among some of the region’s most talented, up-and-coming artists who will be featuring their work. Each artist’s piece will represent their interpretation of the theme “My Freedom Story”.

The event will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres & beverages and a silent auction throughout the evening. Peruse the featured art, engage in discussion with participating artists and learn more about the human trafficking issue from local insiders.

Proceeds from the silent auction will directly benefit Exploit No More and their endeavor to create awareness, advocacy and after care regarding sex trafficking in the Milwaukee area. All the artwork will remain on view until the close of the silent auction bidding. At the end of the evening, winners will be announced and you could walk away with a great piece for your personal collection.


Approximately 27 million people a year are trafficked worldwide for labor and sexual exploitation. Of these, 80% are women and 50% are children. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Estimated to generate $32 billion annually, it is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.

Due to increased media attention, Americans are more aware of the horrors of trafficking. But most perceive it to be a crime isolated to the far corners of the globe rather than a domestic or local issue. Trafficking victims have been identified in cities, suburbs, and rural area in all 50 states including every county in the state of Wisconsin.


A number of local churches and pastors, at the encouragement of International Justice Mission, gathered to discuss how the local church community could engage in the effort to combat local sex trafficking. Research confirmed that underage sexual exploitation is widespread in southeastern Wisconsin. But after intervention, there is no place to send or refer underage victims for services specific to their needs. One of the most pressing needs is a “safe house” that would offer long-term rehabilitation to these girls in a nurturing environment that offers Christ-centered clinical expertise and appropriate care. To begin the process of meeting this need, a new coalition has formed called “Exploit No More”. Their mission is clear: Advance the Kingdom of God through intentional efforts to end child sex slavery in the city of Milwaukee through awareness, advocacy and long-term residential after care. This event will directly benefit this initiative.

For more information about this event, contact Lexi lbehrndt@elmbrook.org ; 262.364.5341

For more about Exploit No More, contact Jan jan.k@exploitnomore.org