MARYLAND – Hardly noticed nationwide, an American County  in Maryland leads the way in  recognizing family and community interests of seemingly insignificant African immigrants residing in Prince George’s County, Maryland. 

With concerns relating to the impact of growing human trafficking and irresponsible tourism, especially child sex trafficking in the nation as well as in Sub – Sahara Africans, Prince George’s  County Executive, Jack B. Johnson, has been working with community leaders,  African leaders and non- governmental organizations regarding this growing issue of common concern. 

With the support at every level of government, the Sub – Sahara African Tourism Organization Advocacy Group, African and International experts, and other key leaders will come to a round table summit which has been created to review and address safe return  and recovery of victims through formal united affirmation at the Gaylord Convention & Resort Centre at National Harbour on September 18-19, 2009, following the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

This has been endorsed and supported by the Honourable Martin O’Malley Governor of Maryland in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

  The Summit will affirm objectives, strategies and commitments made by participating Sub – Saharan Heads of State and experts, who signed the Ouagadougou and Rabat Action in 2002 and 2006 to assist victims, reduce and prevent human trafficking as a developmental issue consistent with United Nations Millennium Development Goal.

Experts and discussants on the 18th of September 2009 will include: The U.S. Department of State, The Maryland State Department, the State Attorney’s Office, The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre, Nordic Baltic Seas, Sweden, UN- World Tourism Organization, Commonwealth of Learning Vancouver, Canada, Hope-Now Denmark, AU, ECOWAS, SADC, EAC, CAG and African Ambassadors. Others include Ambassadors from destination, transit and source countries.

Experts will also learn the importance of the United States Law for Americans, who travel overseas and use the opportunity to engage in commercial sex abuse of children less than 18 years. The event is viewed as an initial step toward accelerating immediate implementation with African governments and experts to achieve national measurable community goals with civil society and youth groups.                         

photo -Jack Johnson by Trendy Africa.

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