The criminal issue of human trafficking on the Western Slope and what’s being done to prevent it and bring justice to victims will be the subject of a daylong summit Friday in Rifle.

Rifle City Prosecutor Angela Roff and the Rifle Police Department are hosting the 2019 Western Slope Human Trafficking Summit at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. In appreciation of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day which is Jan 11th

The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free to the public, and is sponsored by the Klein Frank Foundation. It is open to anyone who would like to know more about how to identify and prevent human trafficking,

In particular, residents and professionals who have regular contact with the public are encouraged to attend.

The event will take place in the auditorium at the Rifle CMC campus, 3695 Airport Road.

Beth Klein of the Klein Frank Foundation said the public’s assistance is crucial in spotting and identifying potential cases of trafficking, whether for slave labor, child prostitution, or whatever the intent.

Due to anticipated high participation, pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot and to ensure adequate amounts of food and course materials. For an itinerary and to register, visit https://init2endit.com/western-colorado-conference.