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Southwestern Assemblies of God University student hosts human trafficking awareness eventWaxahachie, TXDecember 1, 2011Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) student and social work major Desiree Richards partners with Hope Spring Safe House to host a human trafficking awareness event in the DFW community. The event will be held Saturday, December 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Escape Coffee and Donuts: 2540 King Arthur #107, Lewisville, TX.

“I became aware of the commonality of human trafficking and sexual exploitation about two years ago,” shared Richards. "I soon realized that I had a calling on my life to work with victims of these crimes.” Since last January, Richards has attended nine educational seminars and workshops about domestic trafficking.

The event will have a live performance from SAGU students Jessica and Erin Phelps. Castle Hills Taekwondo America will conduct non-threatening self-defense demonstrations. The event is family-friendly.

Hope Springs Safe House and Richards hope to partner with other coffee house locations in the DFW area. The event is not only intended to build awareness but also to give locals an opportunity to volunteer, and try to raise financial support for Hope Springs Safe House.

Richards, a Desoto Starbucks barista, was allowed the opportunity to host the event at her store this past summer. “It is a powerful tool for me to share my passion at my workplace, and in turn, be able to educate customers and Starbucks partners about a tragic crime that is happening in our local community,” said Richards.

The event will be hosted by Hope Springs Safe House, a residential rehabilitation home for victims of sexual exploitation. Hope Springs works with the local police departments and federal law enforcement agencies to educate the community. Hope Springs is in the process of securing a home and land to house eight to ten women, 17 years or older.

Click here to see the event Facebook page.

For more information about Hope Springs Safe House, please call 214-802-3232.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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