Patrick Atkinson speaking about human trafficking. Photo by Laura Adelmann

Photo by Laura Adelmann

Freedom Weekend Draws Primarily Female Crowd

More than 200 people attended on Feb. 16 and 17 the first of what is now expected to be an annual Freedom Weekend event at three Dakota County churches where attendance was almost double the number expected.

Gripping true accounts of girls, women, men and boys tricked then trapped in the human slavery industry were peppered with action steps and organizations for the predominantly female audience to join or support to help rescue trafficking victims and reduce demand for modern-day slavery in all its forms, which is primarily prostitution.

… Two Lakeville officers also attended the Freedom Weekend event that was kicked off at Hosanna! Church by Patrick J. Atkinson, 53, founder of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons.

Atkinson said human trafficking victims are everywhere because the demand for laborers, prostitutes and pornography is worldwide.


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