The late, great guitarist Jimi Hendrix has a song entitled "Crosstown Traffic". It is essentially an allegory to trying to make a connection with woman who is the object of his social pursuits, yet comments about how difficult it is to catch up with her despite his efforts.
While some can make sense of this kind of traffic, there is another kind that has taken root within the city and immediate metro area. Sadly, it is nowhere near as Hendrix's song which is about the art of social engagement; this kind of trafficking is one that destroys lives, in a number of cases, the lives of pre-teen, teenage, and even adult men and women.
On Saturday, January 11th, chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. representing Hapevlle, Fairburn, Palmetto, Union City, East Point, College Park, Newnan, Stockbridge, and Jonesboro are hosting a collaborative forum to better educate the general public of the issue of human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking. Taking place from 11am to 1pm at Clayton State University (at the Student Activities Center, Ballrooms A and B), the forum features multiple speakers and experts from government and politics, law enforcement, and non-profits who focus on this area of concern.
Many are not aware that Atlanta (and the immediate area) is one of (if not the) biggest hubs of trafficking in the United States. Given the degree of impact it can have, the collaborative effort of the area chapters, which is an extension of their larger sorority's Social Justice and Human Rights Initiative (and platform), can help provide those in the community invaluable information, insight, and resources in providing an improved tier of education and pro-activity in fighting this problem.
The event is free and open to the public; the chapters encourage that children and other youth attend as this is something that directly impacts them. For additional details, the public is encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org (the chapter is based in Newnan) for more details.
This Saturday, a better form of crosstown traffic may be to travel across town to learn more and be more vigilant in the fight against crosstown trafficking.