Stop human trafficking event set for April 30

The public is invited to an evening hosted by Soroptimist clubs on the Olympic Peninsula to learn about human trafficking and its negative impact on local girls and women.

The documentary, “Rape for Profit,” will be shown followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the City of Port Angeles Police Department, Homeland Security and Washington Engage.

The program is 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, at Peninsula College’s Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

A suggested donation of $10 will go to the Soroptimist Stop Trafficking Program and to Washington Engage.

Released in 2012, executive producer Jada Pinkett Smith — along with co-writers and producers Jason Pamer and Eric Esau — created the movie “Rape For Profit.” Set against the backdrop of Seattle’s downtown city lights, the film takes the audience undercover for an up-close look at the true nature of the sex trade.

Seattle has come to be known as the city with the third highest incidence of prostitution of its children in the nation. The film unveils a growing problem in major U.S. cities where girls as young as 12 years old are bought and sold as many as 15 times a night to service the desires of men. Featuring unique footage of Seattle’s High-Risk and Street Crime units hard at work, this film puts a face to human trafficking and the young girls of area communities who are at risk.

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

If you suspect human trafficking, call the confidential National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

For information on the April 30 event, contact Martha Hurd at 457-0255.


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