Human trafficking - the modern term for various forms of slavery - exists from the outskirts of Hartford to the vast cities of Asia and experts estimate it's become a $32 billion-a-year industry.

That horror will be the prime focus of this weekend's annual conference of Connecticut's League of Women Voters and its Connecticut Education Fund.

Saturday's conference at the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology in New Haven is entitled "Shining a Light On Human Trafficking in Connecticut." The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The conference will feature a panel of experts that include officials from the FBI, Connecticut's Department of Children and Families, as well as representatives of various groups involved in combatting human trafficking.

General admission tickets will cost you $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Students can get in for $10 each, and supporters will be asked to contribute $40. You can register online at www.lwvct.org/events.html.