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This week in Waterloo Region, a 20-year-old woman was convicted of trafficking a 15-year-old girl for sex. In the first 8 months of 2019, 75 cases were being investigated by Waterloo Regional Police. It is widely understood that most cases are never reported. The average age of victims is 12 to 15. Ninety-three percent are female. Accessed through technology and driven by demand and profit, our children and young people are easy targets for traffickers. Human sex trafficking is the sale of humans for sex. It involves deceit, force, coercion and control of a person by threats of emotional, mental and sometimes physical violence for sexual exploitation and forced commercial sex. Awareness is the first step towards action.
The Crime Prevention Council in partnership with the Sexual Assault Support Centre's Anti-Human Trafficking Program, Trinity United Church, MT Space, KPL and several other community partners are facilitating a series of 3 free events to raise awareness, provide information and stimulate action. For more information on the series go to: bit.ly/HSTAwarenessWR
The first event in the series is:
Honey Bee: Film and Panel
Join us for a film screening and panel discussion moderated by Brenda Halloran.
Monday, Feb 24. 2020, 7 p.m.
The Conrad Centre of the Performing Arts in Kitchener, Ontario
Warning: This film contains offensive language and scenes depicting sexual violence. It may trigger some viewers and be inappropriate for young children.
FREE. Register on Eventbrite
Honey Bee is a Canadian film that shines a light on young girls lured into and trying to escape human trafficking rings in Northern Ontario. It is directed by award-winning documentary director-turned-narrative filmmaker Rama Rau and stars TIFF 2014 Rising Star Julia Sarah Stone, Emmy-winner Martha Plimpton, Peter Outerbridge, Steven Love, Connor Price, Michelle McLeod and Sofia Banzhaf.
The panel will include:
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