Hiding in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in Iowa


Two Sessions: Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10; 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th St, Urbandale

Cost: $24

Class Limit: 35


A warm human body is worth $300,000 a year—according to an Iowa human trafficking expert. Children and young women are those usually trafficked for sex and frequently for labor. This is a crime found not only in “red-light” districts of cities; it often occurs in small towns—and in plain sight. This class will include discussions on both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, efforts by law enforcement to bring justice to those involved and the process of aiding victims in their recovery to a healthy, safe lifestyle.


Instructor Mike Ferjak is a retired law enforcement professional with 20 years of investigative experience and extensive training in working child sexual exploitation and human trafficking cases. Mike has an MA in criminal justice from Simpson College.


Instructor Mike Staebell is retired from the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division after 33 years of enforcing federal employment laws. His focus will be on labor trafficking. Mike has a BA from Westmar College.


Instructor Noreen Gosch brings her personal experience through the kidnaping and sex trafficking of her son. Through the Johnny Gosch Act, Noreen has become an advocate for tougher laws on kidnaping. As a spokesperson against human trafficking, she has appeared on TV shows such as “The Today Show” and “Good Morning, America” and has made hundreds of speeches across the nation.


Instructor Kellie Markey is the founder of Dorothy’s House in Des Moines, a healing environment in which teenage girls rescued from sex trafficking and sexploitation can begin to heal. Kellie has a BA in communications from Central College.




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