Child slavery and exploitation will be the subject at a July 19 Monett Kiwanis evening meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Grant's Restaurant in Monett.
The guest speaker will be Stephanie Freed, co-founder and United States director of Rapha House, a non-profit organization that works with girls who have been rescued out of slavery and sexual exploitation.
Rapha House began in 2003 when Freed first heard of the epidemic in Cambodia where girls were being sold into slavery at a high rate. The house now operates in several locations throughout Southeast Asia with safe houses and vocational training centers.
The girls at Rapha House are provided with a safe place to live, an education, specialized counseling, medical help and vocational training. In addition, the Rapha House staff fight for justice for the girls they serve.
Freed lives in Joplin with her husband, Brandon, and three children.
The Kiwanis meeting is open to the public. Area residents are encouraged to attend.