MACON, Ga. (AP) - Battling the crime of sex trafficking is the
aim of a Mercer University conference that has attracted more than
700 participants from around the Southeast.
Many of those attending the conference organized by the Baptist-founded school March 19-20 will come from churches, synagogues and mosques throughout the region.
Organizers say the effort was partly inspired by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin's drive to fight sex trafficking, which often preys on foreign women and children brought to the U.S. on the pretext of finding jobs.
Mercer professor Andrew Silver said a required freshman class on
character and conscience development led first to a local fight against the 20-plus massage parlors in Macon in 2008 and then to the conference.