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Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration who heads the La Crosse Task Force to End Modern Slavery, will speak about human trafficking in the Coulee Region at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Church at 401 West Ave.

The title of Weisenbeck’s talk is “Merchandising Human Flesh.”

Weisenbeck, who was FSPA president from 2002 to 2010, was on the White House Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2012 and 2013.

The La Crosse task force is a grass-roots effort to raise awareness about human trafficking in the region and how it mirrors global experience.

Federal law defines victims of human trafficking as children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm workers forced to labor against their will.”

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