ATLANTA, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Womenetics, a media company working for positive global change, will host a Chicago conference on May 9, 2012 at The Metropolitan Club entitled: "Our World Today: Human Trafficking and the Impact on Your Business – What You Can't Afford Not to Know." Representatives from leading companies, world policy experts, Chicago-based thought leaders and legal advocates will meet to examine ways to reduce human trafficking and end commercial sexual exploitation, discuss why business should be involved in creating solutions, and the costs/benefits to increased supply chain transparency. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation impact businesses and communities from Chicago to cities and villages around the world.
"According to the U.N., trafficking is a $32 billion annual industry that ensnares about 2.5 million people around the world at any given time," says Elisabeth Marchant, founder/CEO of Womenetics. "Exploitation is not only illegal; it is a business and economic liability. The goal of this conference is to highlight why critical engagement of the business community is both essential to combat trafficking and key to sustained business success."
Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney, authored the Illinois Safe Children Act, a sweeping law that enhances protections for juveniles in the sex trade and provides new legal tools to target those who prostitute children.
David Arkless, president of corporate and government affairs, Manpower Group, is a world-renowned expert on labor market and the fight to end human trafficking.
Dawn Conway, former SVP, corporate responsibility, Lexis Nexis, works to develop and support partnerships with customers, governments and NGOs on advancing the Rule of Law around human trafficking/safeguarding children.
Conny Czymoch, international journalist/TV anchor, focuses on international cooperation and gender politics and human rights/human trafficking.
Katherine Kaufka Walts, J.D., director Center for Human Rights of Children, Loyola University, coordinates and stimulates efforts to understand and protect the human rights of children.
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Womenetics is a media company providing tools and knowledge to boost business success. Driven by the belief that women's full engagement is an imperative for economic prosperity and positive change, Womenetics' mission is to develop, support and inspire female leaders. Womenetics is a Certified B Corporation consistently recognized since 2010 as one of Forbes' Top 100 Websites for Women. www.womenetics.com