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Community awareness event in Hamburg

HAMBURG — Last year, the FBI opened 363 investigations into the commercial sexploitation of minors and opened another 306 human trafficking investigations involving forced labor.

Join the People Against Trafficking Humans Coalition of Western New York at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, to learn more about modern-day slavery. The event will be held at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, located at 4999 McKinley Parkway in Hamburg.

The Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event will feature a showing of “Not My Life,” a film about human trafficking, locally and globally.

According to, this film “takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual exploitation and child soldiering.”

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Elizabeth Fildes, who serves as the director of the law enforcement task force combating human trafficking, will speak about her experiences investigating this crime.

The upcoming event will also feature stories from two local survivors. The event is open to the public.

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