Expert talks on modern ‘slave trade’

The Petersburg Parishes’ Social Justice Lecture Series is to feature “Human Trafficking is the Modern Day Slave Trade” at 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Parish Life Center of St. Joseph Church, Wapakoneta.

People are asked to please use the entrance off the South Blackhoof Street parking lot. The program is free and open to the public.

Tony Talbott, a professor at the University of Dayton and an anti-human trafficking advocate, will present an introduction to human trafficking- — one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and the leading human rights issue of our time. He will explain how and why it is happening and discuss its impact on children and adults in Ohio and around the world.

Before Talbott began teaching at the University of Dayton, he served in the Army National Guard and the Navy for 13 years. 

While he was in the military, Talbott earned his bachelor’s degree in history and government. 

He decided to leave the Navy to continue his education. After working on his doctorate’s degree at Arizona State University and completing a Fulbright fellowship in the Philippines, Talbott returned home to Ohio. 

Talbott wanted to teach full-time at the collegiate level, and the University of Dayton (UD) offered him that opportunity in 2008.

Once Talbott began working at UD, he wanted to bring attention to the issue of human trafficking. 

On campus, Talbott serves as the faculty advisor for the New Abolitionist Movement, a student organization that raises awareness for and tries to stop human trafficking. 

Talbott also teaches a course on human trafficking, one of the country’s first undergraduate courses on this topic. In the community, Talbott serves in a leadership position in the organization Abolition Ohio. This nonprofit works to end human trafficking in the Dayton area. With the efforts from these organizations, Talbott, his students and colleagues helped secure the first law prohibiting human trafficking passed in the state of Ohio.

The Petersburg Parishes are named for the now-vanished Petersburg settlement (between Wapakoneta and Botkins). from which the parishes emerged in the 19th century. For more information, call 419-738-4924.