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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Several people will be honored for their work to put a stop to sex trafficking here in Southern Arizona.  It is an issue that is becoming a serious problem in Pima County.

An event, called Free to Laugh, hosted by the organization Sold No More, will take place at the Victory Worship Center at I-10 and Ruthrauff Rd. tonight at 7 p.m.

During the event Sold No More will award the 2014 Paladin Award to Detective Josefina Sabori of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.  The Paladin Awards are given to those champions who have led the fight against sex trafficking in the community. 

Additional Paladin Award Finalists are:

-Detectives Dan Barry & Sean Holewinski of the Tucson Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. 

-Melissa Brewer, Clinical Supervisor at La Frontera Center.         

-James E. Fish, Executive Director of Student Equity & Intervention at TUSD. 

-Kathryn Furtado, Deputy Pima County Attorney. 

-Dr. Karna Walter, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement at the UA Honors College. 

The event  will bring comedians Carlos Oscar, Daren Streblow and Dana Daniels to Tucson, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to fight sex trafficking in Southern Arizona. 

Jerry Peyton, the Executive Director of Sold No More says in 2013 Sold No More became aware of eight possible trafficking cases involving 14 girls in Pima County. 

The group works with law enforcement and has provided prevention education to thousands of middle and high school students.  They also provide direct services to victims of sex trafficking, including placement in treatment homes.

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