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Carol Smolenski, an expert on the study of commercial sexual exploitation of children and child trafficking, will discuss "Working to Stop the Child Sex Trade" Wednesday, April 5, for the Old Dominion University In Support of Children Lecture Series. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in room 1002 of Constant Hall.

Smolenski has overseen research projects and presented testimony on these issues to the New York City Council, the U.S. Senate and the United Nations. She is a cofounder of End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes-USA. (ECPAT-USA is the U.S. affiliate of the Thailand-based ECPAT International, which was started in 1991.)

ECPAT-USA works to stop the involvement of Americans in the child sex trade through research, education and advocacy. It also responds to requests for information from individuals, churches, news organizations and other groups wishing to learn more about the problem of commercial child sex abuse. The organization also functions as a resource center for researchers and others who wish to understand and stop this exploitation.

The lecture is cosponsored by ODU's In Support of Children organization, bachelor's program in international studies, and Center for Regional and Global Study. For more information contact Lucien Lombardo, professor of sociology and criminal justice, at 683-3800 or llombard@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: March 22, 2006

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