‘Better Together 2019’ Crime Symposium

The Advocates for Freedom organization hosted the ‘Better Together 2019’ Crime Symposium in Gulfport to raise awareness on issues like gang violence and sex trafficking.

The symposium brings different organizations on the Coast together to sharpen their skills and learn new information on different aspects of crime.

Participants also got to hear from author Dawn Compton, a survivor of childhood sex abuse, who shared her stories to educate those working in child advocacy.

In its ninth year, the Advocates for Freedom organization continues to spread the word about human trafficking so Mississippi can truly become better together. CEO/Founder of Advocates for Freedom Susie Harvill said, “We are really growing, but this is our number two crime. We better be growing. We’ve got to help stop it and be a voice for our children.”

Compton said, “Human trafficking, people don’t see those people. They are almost invisible victims in society. So, I think by coming to one of these events, it raises awareness and that is so important.”

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world with an average of 100,000 to 300,000 children prostituted each year.

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