An NKU student brings her idea and dream to life as she continues to try to raise awareness about sex trafficking through the campus organization Fighting Against Sex Trafficking.
Fighting Against Sex Trafficking is a relatively new special interest student organization on NKU’s campus created by Rebecca Potzner, a sophomore PR major. The main goal of this organization as a whole is to raise money for organizations that help victims, or future victims, of human trafficking. The other goal is to raise awareness about the fact that human trafficking is still a problem today, even in the United States.
Potzner had the idea to start this organization in high school after she attended a Christ in Youth conference where she first saw the movie ‘Baht.’ This movie is about a girl in Cambodia who was told she was being taken to a restaurant job, but instead was taken to a brothel and forced into prostitution.
“It’s hard to explain what I felt when I was watching the video, but at the end I knew I had to do something about it,” Potzner said. “Working against sex trafficking has become something dear to my heart.”
Potzner explained that in high school, she and a group of friends had the idea to start F.A.S.T, but they all went their separate ways. She didn’t want the idea to die, so she started the organization at NKU in the spring of 2010. She thought NKU would be a perfect place to start raising awareness.
“With NKU being so close to Ohio, there could be such a huge impact on people because Ohio is in the top 12 states with the largest trafficking problem,” said Potzner.
Dr. Sharlene Lassiter Boltz, a professor of law at NKU, and a member of Partnership Against Trafficking Humans, also believes that students need to be further educated about human trafficking. She explains getting more information out there to college students about why human trafficking is important because they need to become more observant, informed citizens.
P.A.T.H. of Northern Kentucky seeks to increase public and professional awareness of human trafficking and increase the number of traffic victims identified, rescued, protected and served in Kentucky. It is a synergy of various social service agencies, law enforcement, public and private attorneys, and non-governmental agencies committed to the anti-trafficking movement.
“Human trafficking is the second largest money maker world wide, second to drug trafficking.” Lassiter Boltz said. “The key components of human trafficking are force, fraud and coercion. That’s how victim’s get trapped.”
Lassiter Boltz and Potzner are both advocates for bringing knowledge about this topic to the students of NKU and the surrounding community. Both women have a passion and drive to fight against human trafficking.
F.A.S.T is holding an event on Thursday, Mar. 17 from noon to 2p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom for anyone at NKU to attend and learn what the organization is all about. There will be stations with facts, a documentary viewing, letter writing to survivors of sex trafficking and a sign-up table to join the organization. For students who can’t make it to the event and are interested in joining, they can contact Rebecca Potzner at email@example.com, or they can join F.A.S.T on OrgSync.com.