Fighting human trafficking has always been at the forefront for Trevecca’s J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. That’s why the center is sponsoring a weekend event designed to educate the public about the realities of human trafficking.
The Unchained Movement’s Exposed Tour is set to take place this weekend, Nov. 10-12, in the Tarter Student Activities Center on Trevecca’s campus. The event is open to the public and allows attendees to experience what life is like for a victim of child trafficking.
Tours will take place throughout the weekend, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
Organizers hope the event helps guests to better understand the signs of human trafficking, identify steps they can take to report suspected trafficking and how they can help prevent the industry from flourishing in their own neighborhoods.
Trevecca senior Jacob Bell got involved with the Unchained Movement about two years ago when he was serving as a student intern at The Church at Station Hill in Spring Hill, Tenn. He volunteered to be an actor in the Exposed Tour, but didn’t really realize what he was getting into.
“I did not know what I was getting into, nor did I prepare my heart to be broken,” Bell said. “Ever since I served with Unchained, my eyes have never lost sight of the reality of human trafficking.”
Bell, who has helped to promote and organize the event on Trevecca’s campus, says the Exposed Tour is an important event because it teaches the church that every Christian has a role of bringing hope to those living in oppression.
“I encourage people to come because it is a part of walking into obedience when we allow our hearts to be opened to those who are hurting,” Bell said. “This event teaches us how to be aware of human trafficking, how we can stop it, and how we can help. The average attendee will experience multiple feelings from this tour, but that is necessary in order to stir up a move of the people of God to stand up for the sake of life in a culture of injustice.”
Each tour lasts approximately 40 minutes. Due to the subject matter, children under the age of 13 are not permitted. General admission is $5, but Trevecca students can participate for free with their student ID. Students can obtain a fast pass and a guaranteed tour time for $5.
Fast passes are recommended to avoid long wait times. Organizers ask participants to arrive five minutes prior to their assigned tour time.