Community Event for Human Trafficking Awareness

BRANDON MS – April 22, 2024 – The Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS will be hosting an important event for the community, a Human Trafficking Awareness Event. Human Trafficking is not only in our country, but it’s in our state, and affects people right here in Rankin County. Please join us for this important community event, as we plan to have multiple expert speakers who will provide details of human trafficking, what to look for, where the hotspots are, and how we can work together to bring awareness and help stop human trafficking.

“Human Trafficking is everywhere, and we want citizens to know how to spot it and what can be done to inhibit it. Our club’s main focus is to help stop child abuse and human trafficking. Our non-profit organization raises money each year to help support prevention of child abuse programs both nationally and right here in Mississippi. Human trafficking is an important part of that, so we want to raise awareness and support these children”, says Mike Mann, President-Elect of The Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS. “We’re proud to bring this important event to Rankin County, and appreciate the Rankin County Kiwanis Club joining us in these efforts.”

There is also a follow-up event to this, for parents and kids. As part of the Brandon Jubilee Days, the club will be setup across the street from Jubilee Days (on the other side of the street from Jubilee Days, in front of the ball fields), with a tent and their vendor, AD&S Inc, a technology company in Brandon. The Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS and AD&S will be offering free fingerprinting of children, for the parents to take home with them. Fingerprinting and DNA are important parts of inhibiting human trafficking. No data from this service will be retained by the club or its vendor, AD&S.

FREE & FINGERPRINTING for children:
Saturday April 27, 2024, 10am – 4pm
Across the street from Brandon Jubilee Days

The Human Trafficking Awareness Event is scheduled for 6pm – 8pm Tuesday April 23, 2024, and will be held in the Senior Center in the Brandon Municipal Complex (City Hall). The local Exchange Club and Kiwanis Club extend an invite to the public to come join this fight to stop human trafficking and child abuse.

WHAT: Human Trafficking Awareness Event
WHEN: Tuesday April 23, 2024, 6pm – 8pm
WHO: The public is invited and welcomed
WHERE: Senior Center, 1000 Municipal Dr, Brandon MS 39042
HOSTED BY: The Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS, along with Rankin County Kiwanis

PLEASE NOTE that this event will involve adult conversation and involve experts in the field of human trafficking and child abuse. As such, children are not recommended to attend the event.

About The Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS – The club was formed in 1976 as a local chapter of the National Exchange Club. The club meets regularly here in Brandon MS. As a non-profit organization, the club raises money throughout the year to provide support for the Brandon High School Excel Club, church youth groups, charitable donations including the Exchange Club Prevention of Child Abuse programs, as well as multiple Mississippi organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting disenfranchised youth.

In 2003, the club sponsored the largest “Healing Field” flag presentation in the United States, in honor of the 2998 patriots who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and the soldiers from all over the world who sacrificed their lives in the battles of Enduring Freedom. As part of the presentation, over 4,000 full-size American flags were erected and flown on the 12 acres of land owned by the club, which once served as youth soccer fields adjacent to I-20 in Brandon MS.

The club also hosted the 175th Anniversary of Brandon in 2006 with a display of 1831 flags. In 2011, the club commemorated the 10th Anniversary presentation of September 11, with a similar presentation of 2,000 flags, aptly named “Mississippi Remembers”. In 2017, the club celebrated Independence Day with a display of the club’s remaining 600 flags. Many of the original flags and poles have been sold, along with the original yellow ribbon and a dedication nametag that identified the associated fallen soldier.

Each year, the Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS opens The Dark Zone Haunted House, which has become the top haunted attraction in the state of Mississippi, bringing in thousands of visitors from all over the state. Funds raised via the haunted house go to support the non-profit causes of the club.

The Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS website
The Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS Facebook Page
The Dark Zone Haunted House website – brought to you by The Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon MS
The Dark Zone Facebook Page

Rankin County Kiwanis Facebook Page

AD&S Inc Facebook Page
AD&S Inc website

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Exchange Club of Crossgates/Brandon Human Trafficking & Child Abuse Awareness Event 2024