An exhibit that captures real-life stories of children and young adults victimized by human trafficking will be on display in Riverside next week.

The “Apathy Effect Exhibit,” created by iEmpathize, will open Monday and remain on display until Tuesday evening at La Sierra University.

The traveling exhibit was sponsored by the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services as part of the county’s recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

“Seeing and hearing these survivor stories is impactful,” DPSS Managing Director Sayori Baldwin said. “You leave the exhibit with eyes opened and feel empowered to help your community.”

In 2019, DPSS’ Children’s Services Division handled nearly 200 trafficked victims or youths exposed to human trafficking risks, according to the agency. Almost three-quarters of cases involved females 16 to 21 years old in the foster care system, officials said.

“This is a concern right in our own backyard,” said Professor Lowell Smith, chair of the Criminal Justice Department at La Sierra University. “College students, teenagers and kids need the tools to spot and fight sex trafficking. This exhibit provides exactly that.”

The exhibit, which will be set up in the university’s Troesch Conference Center, features 23 free-standing panels with photographs, evidentiary items and short videos.

Scheduled and walk-in tours of the exhibit are available every 30 minutes.

More information is available at www.apathyeffect.com.

Anyone who suspects human trafficking is encouraged to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

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