Its office is located in Joplin, where Rapha House is an active part of the Southwest Missouri Coalition to fight human trafficking.

The Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition (LOSHTC) invites the Lake area community to a talk by Jen Osgood, International Director of Client Services for Rapha House at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 28.

Rapha House is a 501©(3) nonprofit that provides international aftercare for girls rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation in southeast Asia and Haiti. Its office is located in Joplin, where Rapha House is an active part of the Southwest Missouri Coalition to fight human trafficking.

Osgood first served as Child Protection Officer in Joplin, then moved to Cambodia in 2013-2014 where she served as Country Director. Since moving back stateside, her passion for helping vulnerable children and adults has only grown as she has become a voice for victims in the Southwest Missouri area.

She says, "The best part about my job, whether I'm working internationally or in the United States, is knowing that what I am doing is making a lasting difference in the lives of exploited women and children in the future through those I help educate and empower as advocates."

The Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition is a volunteer organization working collaboratively to increase awareness, identify causes, and support victims of trafficking.

It invites the Lake area community to its monthly speaker program featuring survivors that will share their experiences of trafficking and escape, as well as expert speakers in the fields of psychology, legal issues, law enforcement, medical, and more.

Programs also focus on the causes of sexual exploitation and labor trafficking in the Lake area. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at St. George Episcopal Church, 423 N. Business Rt. 5, Camdenton, MO 65020. For more information, contact Mary Spencer, Director of Communications, at (573) 873- 8714.