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Bukola Oriola tells her story April 10 at UMC

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Bukola Oriola tells her story April 10 at UMC
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

She was a victim of human trafficking when she was tricked into coming to the United States from Nigeria and then forced into slavery in Minnesota.

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Bukola Oriola, now an award-winning journalist, will talk about her experiences when the United Methodist Church women's group, Mugs and Muffins, hosts her talk at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the church, 615 W. 15th St.

Bukola has been an award-winning journalist for 10 years. She covered the education beat for six years in Nigeria before coming to the United States. In the United States, she partners with the Civil Society to make public presentations about human trafficking and domestic abuse as she tells her own personal story.

She has given presentations at Winona State University, at the Minnesota State Social Service Expos in Bloomington and Moorhead, press conferences at the Minnesota capitol, and among other small groups such as the Sisters of St. Catherine's in St. Paul.

She freelances as a contributing writer for the African News Journal in Minnesota. She has also written a book, "Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim."

Joining her at the April 10 presentation will be Linda Miller, executive director of the Civil Society she founded in 1996. Civil Society is the coalition leader for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Rescue and Restore Coalition, State of Minnesota.

Civil Society has rescued and restored many international human trafficking victims and received a grant that will continue the Minnesota Human Trafficking Watch, a coalition of members who pledge to provide humane, victim-centered services to human trafficking victims. Civil Society and its 15 attorneys provide immigration legal services and social service needs to victims of international human trafficking in the United States.

Miller has been an attorney for more 30 years and received Certificates of Appreciation from the United States Department of Justice in 2002 and 2008 for her best-practice method of reaching out to international victims of human trafficking. She writes and speaks nationally and internationally about international human trafficking in the United States.

Oriola will have copies of her book, "Imprisoned," to purchase following the presentation.

Refreshment will be served at 9:30 a.m. The presentation is free but a free will offering will be taken to cover costs.

For more information, contact Marty McNunn at 437-6817 or the church office at 437-4398.

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Jane Lightbourn
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