‘Mission Possible’ fundraiser in January to help fight human trafficking

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The “Mission Possible” fundraiser on January 28 will contribute to the goal of ending human trafficking in the Quad Cities, according to event organizers.

The Davenport non-profit group Braking Traffik and the Quad Cities Lodging Association are teaming up to continue the fight in eradicating human trafficking, one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world.

“January 28 will be a combination of fun, food, drinks, and a silent auction, partnered with a program about the serious issue of human trafficking and a message from a human trafficking survivor,” Braking Traffik Executive Director Cathy O’Keeffe writes in a statement to Iowa Free Press.

Braking Traffik is a group whose mission is “to support and enable the discovery of and response to incidents of sex trafficking through a victim-centered, multidisciplinary, and collaborative community effort in the Quad City area of Iowa and Illinois.”

According to O’Keeffe, both groups are using the event as “an opportunity to further engage and educate our local hotels and hospitality industry.”

The QCLA, based in Moline, Illinois, works with the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau to “identify, solicit, and fund events that economically benefits its members and the Quad Cities area.”

“When the Quad Cities Lodging Association wanted to initiate a fundraiser, they also wanted to partner with another local charity,” QCLA Gala Committee member Jessica Waytenick told Iowa Free Press. “Braking Traffik was a natural fit to grow awareness of human trafficking within the local hospitality community and local residents.”

More information about the event, including ticket prices and their availability, will be announced in the near future.

For more information about Braking Traffik and their work, visit http://www.brakingtraffik.org/