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Human trafficking group wants to educate people about the crime before All-Star game

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 09:18:05-04

CLEVELAND  — The signs that the All-Star Game is about to arrive in Cleveland are clear. Exhibits are going up, roads are closed and police are out in force. But, there are the billboards near area highways reinforcing human trafficking can happen anywhere.

“There’s always more trafficking whenever you have large scale events, especially sporting events,” said Renee Jones, President and CEO Renee Jones Empowerment Center.

Organizations like the Renee Jones Empowerment Center have been preparing for the All-Star Game as well.

“The traffickers get together from all over, different states, bring women in because they can make a lot of money,” said Jones.

For weeks, the group has held a line up of educational events including partnering with SOAP, Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution and Holy Angels Church.

Jones said they helped volunteers understand the signs of human trafficking.

The volunteers then took that information to area hotels because there are areas that have a higher risk of encountering the victims of human trafficking. Those areas include airports, bus stations, salons, emergency rooms, motels and hotels.

“You want to make sure people in the hotel industry, the front and back of the house are aware because those are the people who go into the rooms,” said Jones.

Jones has been in the business of helping the victims of human trafficking for almost 20 years. She said it is a crime that crosses all socioeconomic lines.

“For the 17 years, we’ve been doing this type of work, there hasn’t been a suburb that I haven’t had at least one person from, “Jones said.

Volunteers plan to hit the streets in the coming days to educate the community about the problem of human trafficking and the signs of it.

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MLB All-Star Week Schedule

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Friday, July 5

10 a.m.: Play Ball Park opens. The interactive baseball theme park will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day of All-Star Week

6 p.m.: Gates open for the All-Star Concert Series featuring Twenty One Pilots

8 p.m.: Twenty One Pilots concert begins

Saturday, July 6

6 p.m.: Gates open for the All-Star Concert Series featuring The Killers

8 p.m.: The Killers concert begins

Sunday, July 7

8 a.m.: The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K begins – time subject to change.

3 p.m. Gates open for the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game and All-Star Futures Game doubleheader at Progressive Field. Double-header will feature performances by Welshly Arms and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Following the games is the All-Star Rock 'n' Blast, a fireworks and multimedia show.

Monday, July 8

All-Star Workout Day

8 p.m. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby begins.

Tuesday, July 9

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. The All-Star Parade begins.

7:30 p.m. The 90th annual Midsummer Classic MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard begins at Progressive Field.


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