Symposium Continues with Presentation on Efforts to Fight Sex Trading
FOR RELEASE Jan. 26, 2012
ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland University’s 2011-2012 College of Arts and Sciences Symposium "Against Global Indifference: Awakening to Action" will continue on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium with a presentation on the efforts to fight sex trading titled “Remember Nhu.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Programming Committee.
“Remember Nhu” exists to prevent the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry throughout the world by meeting children's physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs.
UNICEF estimates that one million children enter the sex trade every year and that 30 million children have suffered from the sex trade over the past 30 years. “Remember Nhu” began as the attempt of one individual, Carl Ralston from Akron, to change these numbers.
Today this Christian nonprofit organization that has established safe houses for children involved in the sex trade in Thailand, Cambodia, with plans to expand into India, the Philippines and South Africa. Ralston’s goal is to rescue the girls before they are sold into prostitution.
After hearing about Nhu’s story of being sold to a brothel at age 12, Ralston and his wife took many trips to Cambodia to try to find her. Nhu now serves with the organization that shares her name, working to prevent other children from being trafficked.
Founder Ralston’s presentation will also include presentations by his videographer and still photographer, who will show two seven-minute films and will share in the question-and-answer session. Those wanting to read more about the organization can check the website at http://remembernhu.org
The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University began the Symposium Against Indifference in 2003 as a series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness. The symposium seeks to challenge people to see how individuals can make a difference.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.