UM Students to Host Event to Combat Sex Trafficking

April 07, 2017

MISSOULA – Students from the Franke Global Leadership Initiative at the University of Montana will hold “Hidden Voices Speak Out – Combatting Global Sex Trafficking” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, on the 11th floor of Aber Hall.

Six seniors in the GLI program became alarmed by the prevalence of sex trafficking crimes in Montana and globally and decided to dig deeper into the causes of sex trafficking and its most vulnerable victims for their senior capstone event.

According to the Montana Department of Justice, nearly 300,000 children are trafficked for sex annually in the United States alone and the industry brings in $32 billion per year globally. The number of cases has risen significantly in Montana from 2015 to 2016.

At the event, attendees can walk through five different rooms that represent different countries and locations and listen as actors present the stories of real survivors across the globe.

GLI is a four-year, 12-credit certificate program that combines academic learning with practical experiences. Students across disciplines receive access to world-class leaders and harness their diversity to tackle real-world problems, both locally and internationally, with fresh ideas.

For more information visit


Contact: Megan Perry, UM student, 360-441-9346,