Educational sex-trafficking talk planned

A local faith-based, anti-sex trafficking nonprofit, Regenerate, will host an all-day educational conference on the topic Aug. 25.

The conference is to run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., and will feature training by Jen Spry, a survivor of sex trafficking and a national adviser on human trafficking.

“Sex trafficking is not just a global issue, it’s a local issue,” Caleb Miller, a Regenerate co-founder, said.

“You’ll not only grow in your awareness and understanding of this issue, but will be provided with immediate opportunities to get involved and take action,” Caleb Miller said.

“We’ll discuss what defines sex trafficking and debunk myths surrounding this issue. We’ll also uncover hidden areas that drive the demand for sexual exploitation,” said Rachael Miller, another Regenerate co-founder.

There have been more than 900 human trafficking cases in Pennsylvania since 2007, with 199 cases reported in 2017, according to

the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

For more information or to register, visit regenerate or email regenerate3000

Early-bird tickets are $15 per individual and $25 per couple. Tickets purchased after Aug. 1 are $20 per individual and $35 per couple.

Limited child care for the event is available.

The full conference schedule can be found on Regenerate’s website.