More than 2 million people a year become unwilling commodities in the business of human trafficking, the U.S. State Department says, and most of them are women and children who end up in the international sex trade.

West Virginia University on Tuesday (March 6) is hosting two leading activists in the world fight against the practice: James Keim, director of the Southeast Asia Childrens Project; and Ngo Tu Phuong Chi, of the Research Center for Social Science and Humanities.

The two will discussWhat Money Can Buy: Globalization and the Problem of Human Traffickingat 7:30 p.m. at the Mountainlair Gluck Theatre on the Downtown Campus.

Also on the panel are WVU educators Dr. Susan Newfield, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Neil Newfield, associate professor social work.

The Southeast Asia Childrens Project is dedicated to the prevention of child trafficking. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., the organization is active in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Sponsors are WVU s Center for Womens Studies, the Division of Social Work, the Diversity in Media Association (DIMA) and the P.I. Reed School of Journalism.

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Howe, director, Center for Womens Studies, at barbara.howe@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-2339, ext. 1155.