Approximately 40.3 million worldwide are affected by human trafficking.
71% of those trafficked are female, and 29% are male.
Human trafficking is estimated to be a $354 Billion industry
Join us for this unique and important meeting and hear from two members of the same family that have lived through their own trafficking nightmare as they share meaningful and relevant information about this serious issue.
- Where does it happen?
- How often does it happen?
- How can you become aware of this problem?
- Where do you turn for advice?
Janet Eichner-Kearney, CMP
Janet is a 30+ year professional in the Portland Metro area hotel/resort community in sales, catering and marketing. Janet recently joined SGMP.
Janet and her husband, Jerry, considered themselves great parents when they learned in 2009 that their 17-year-old daughter, Shelby, was being trafficked by a man posing to be a 21-year-old. When the police showed up at their door to inform them that they were investigating Anthony Pranzetti and his relationship with Shelby, they were stunned.
Since that fateful day, this family has actively spoken out against trafficking to groups around the Northwest, the media and other sources. They learned that along the I-5 corridor, trafficking is especially rampant.
Shelby is a 27 year old survivor of human sex trafficking. In 2009 when she was 17, she fell victim to a trafficker, Anthony Pranzetti, who lied about himself and his life to lure her in.
As a child and teen, Shelby excelled in school and was set on becoming a doctor from age 8. She sought out every opportunity to advance herself academically. She was on a traveling club-volleyball team, and had been playing volleyball since 2nd grade. As with most high schoolers, Shelby also worked after school and on the weekends. She had many close friends and a good relationship with her family. She and her family never expected that this could happen to them and had not heard much about it, let alone considered it a danger.
As a survivor, Shelby and her family speak out against the dangers using their story as a way to help others. It has been 10 years since being trafficked, and Shelby is a General Manager in hospitality and loves being able to share her knowledge and best practices with others.
Carolyn Wence, CGMP
Carolyn has been the owner of the destination management company, Plans and Action, for 22 years and is also creator of special programs for SGMP and MPI. She was a part-time teacher of Hospitality and Convention Management for Mt Hood Community College for many years.
Spirit Mountain Casino
27100 SW Salmon River Hwy
Grande Ronde, OR