A French themed soiree to help fund the rehabilitation of victims of child trafficking in the U.S., will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 7-10 p.m. at the Neighborhood Congregational Church.
“Joie de Vivre” will feature music and dance along with wine, cheese and dessert bars plus a “not-so-silent” auction. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door or at www.letsrespond.com.
The event is co-sponsored by FACT (Fight Against Child Trafficking) Alliance, a coalition of activists based in San Juan Capistrano who are committed to building and maintaining aftercare facilities for children rescued from the sex trade together with the JOY (Justice Outreach You) Ministry at NCC.
The United Nations reports that 1 million women and girls are newly trafficked every year, 70 percent for sexual exploitation.
Child sexual slavery is not just a third world horror. Each year, an estimated 300,000 American children are at risk of becoming entrapped in commercial child prostitution. Most are girls from 12 to 14 years old.
Performers at the benefit for victims of child trafficking include jazz vocalist Andrea Ketcham and her Swingin’ Band, along with special guests, noted jazz artist and FACT founder, Tony Guerrero on trumpet and tap dancer and guitarist, Steve Zee.
The Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Anns Dr. in Laguna Beach.