Posted by Denny Conway on May 01, 2019

   Grinnell Rotary met Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. for their weekly meal, meeting, and program.

    During the business meeting, the main topic of discussion was the Rotary Annual Chicken Barbecue, which is scheduled for June 13, 2019.   It is taking place a little later this year, mainly because school is letting out later than usual. Rotary members also signed up to help in the concession stands at the Ahrens Little League Complex during the spring and summer months.

    Club member Dennis Snook introduced our speaker for the evening, Kathryn Bly.  Bly chose to speak on the topic of Human Trafficking. She said human trafficking is big business across the United States, and it accounts for forty billion dollars a year.  This figure is only second to the amount that the drug trade brings in. Human trafficking involves the buying and selling of humans, mainly women. Eighty-two percent of the women who are bought and sold in the U.S. are age 11-14.  In Iowa, the ages run from 16 to 21. The men who are in charge of these women are known as Full Pimps or Daddies. Many of the girls are found on Craig’s List and want ads, but they are most often found in person. Does human trafficking happen in Iowa?  Yes, mainly because Interstate 80 and Interstate 35 provide easy access. In Iowa, there are fourteen truck stops where human trafficking takes place. Bly also reported that other places in Iowa where human trafficking occurs include the Iowa State Fair, the Drake Relays, and the Iowa Speedway.  Because the human trafficking problem is far out of control, a number of organizations are offering their help to slow this activity.

    Grinnell Rotary meets every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at West Side Family Restaurant.


Dennis Conway