A local event is hoping to help raise money for a Myanmar restoration center for woman and children that have been rescued from human trafficking.
Officials say that with an estimated 27 million people in slavery world-wide and 300,000 in Southeast Asia trafficked every year, there is a desperate need for safe places for victims of human trafficking to be restored.
That local event, Unshackled: An Evening of Hope to End Human Trafficking, will be taking place on September 14 at Mesker Park Zoo. Organizers say the doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
The keynote speaker will be Oscar winner Mira Sorvino.
All proceeds will be used to establish Project Restore, the first restoration center in Myanmar for women and children that have been rescued from human trafficking. Officials say Project Restore will be a place where those that have been rescued can begin to build a new life, a place they can find peace, feel safe and learn to live a life free from slavery.
Organizers say tickets for the event are $50 each and can be purchased in person at the Uncharted International office in Washington Square Mall, by calling 402-1886 or online at www.unchartedinternational.org.
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