Chattanooga Salvation Army Hosts Human Trafficking Meeting On Friday

Thursday, September 4, 2014
The Salvation Army of Chattanooga is hosting  the  Awareness  Committee  Meeting  of  the  Chattanooga Coalition Against  Human  Trafficking  (CCAHT) this Friday, at its 614 Corps’ ReCreate Café, 800 McCallie Ave.  The hour-long meeting begins at noon.  The public is invited to attend.

The  Mission  of  CCAHT  is  to promote awareness to unify the community in response  to and prevention of human trafficking in all forms.
  Area social service,  mental  health  and  medical providers; community and faith-based organizations;  as  well  as  federal,  state,  and  local  law enforcement agencies, work together to combat sex trafficking in Greater Chattanooga.

The   purpose   of  the  bi-monthly  Awareness  Committee  Meeting  is  the presentation,  review  and  implementation  of programs and activities that support  of  mission  of  CCAHT in the community.  Salvation Army 614 Corps Officer,  Captain  Aaron  Goldfarb, said, “Human trafficking is a very real problem  in  the  city  of  Chattanooga,  and  we are thrilled to host this special session of the Coalition Against Human Trafficking."  He went on to say,  "The  international  fight  against  human trafficking has been a key issue of The Salvation Army for many years."

A  special  feature  of  Friday’s  meeting will be a visit by riders on the national  “Long  Road  to  Freedom  Tour.”   The goal of the coast-to-coast cycling  tour  is  to  create awareness of the dangers and horrors of Human Trafficking  Issues.   Along  the  way,  the riders are spreading awareness about  modern-day  slavery,  forced prostitution and the abuse of children. The “Long Road to Freedom Tour” began July 5th in Seattle and will conclude in Miami.

The Chattanooga Salvation Army 614 Corps is an outreach to homeless persons in  Greater  Chattanooga.   The  ReCreate  Café  is  a  day shelter for the homeless  that  serves as a Day Center for the homeless to come in from the weather   and   be   safe   from   social   predators.   The   Cafe  offers beverages/snacks,  hot  showers,  personal mail boxes and lockers, seasonal clothing, personal care items and the use of a computer lab.

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