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Sunnyside residents urged to immerse themselves in human trafficking exhibit planned for Aug. 18-19

Human trafficking is an issue some do not believe affects the Lower Yakima Valley, but organizers of "SOLD: the Human Trafficking Experience" want the community to feel just how real the problem is.

That's why community members will have two days, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19, to become immersed in the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's exhibit to be presented at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Organizers say the exhibit "...is a multi-sensory, experiential exhibit designed to promote awareness of and action against the global trade in human beings."

Sunnyside Oasis Community Church Pastor Cameron Garcia said, "This is an issue that is affecting our community in more ways than most know or want to admit."

He said, "Together, we can win this fight."

The reality of human trafficking is shocking and that shock is what the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children want citizens to understand.

"SOLD challenges participants to respond to human trafficking with justice, mercy and humility," said Garcia.

Anyone taking in the exhibit is encouraged to use technological devices during the experience. There will be an opportunity to tweet, video blog and text about it, according to organizers.

The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19. It is free to experience.

For more information visit the exhibit's website at wwww.soldexp.com.

The exhibit is being brought to Sunnyside courtesy of Sunnyside's Promise, Oasis Community Church and Prosser's Bethel Church.

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