Join us for a film screening followed by a panel discussion on human sex trafficking in Waterloo Region.
The documentary Very Young Girls gives a candid perspective of sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking in New York City. Centering on former-prostitute-turned-activist Rachel Lloyd and her support center, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the film delves into to the sad and shocking process of luring girls -- some as young as 13 -- into the sex trade. As Lloyd struggles to save the girls -- and rehabilitate those who have fallen victim -- a tragic, yet hopeful, story unfolds.
Moderator: Brenda Halloran
Tricia Holmes/Patricia Moore – Crown Attorney’s office
Nicky Carswell – SASCWR anti-human trafficking support worker
TK Pritchard – SASCWR Male Allies program
Heather Horn – Family and Children’s Services Waterloo Region
Detective Constable Matt Demarte – Waterloo Regional Police Service
Ontario has the highest level of human sex trafficking in Canada accounting for 70 percent of all human trafficking activities in the country. While many people believe that human sex trafficking is an “international or immigrant” issue; it is, in fact, a domestic issue that is happening in our community, to our children and it is largely going on undetected and under-reported.
Human sex trafficking is the sale of humans for sex. It involves deceit, force, coercion and control of a person by violence or threats of violence for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Incidences in Waterloo Region are increasing and by now exceed the capacity of local services.
Understanding human sex trafficking will help us to mobilize efforts to compassionately respond to victims and above all to prevent this harm from happening in the first place.
Mature content, 18+ recommended; a counsellor will be on hand to help process difficult content in the film.
No registration required.
This is the first in a series of events to occur throughout the year, to raise awareness of the prevalence of human sex trafficking in our region.
Feb. 21-24 -- Chelsea’s Story, The Registry Theatre; a community play to raise awareness about human sex trafficking, produced by JM Drama Alumni.
Feb. 24 – Human Beings: Not For Sale! Lecture by Mary Joy Philips; part of the Seminary Professors’ Series from Martin Luther University College, 11 a.m., St. Matthews Lutheran Church.
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