Kicking off the week, former Sgt Doug Justice (shown with his wife) introduced the film “Pornland” to a crowd of nearly 100 at the GPHS Performing Arts Center. He gave a presentation afterward, and answered audience questions. Michelle Bart of Helping Heroes (not shown), also spoke.
Terri Shamar opened the morning performing her original song “Child After My Own Heart.”
The City of Grants Pass, matching the earlier efforts of the Josephine County Commissioners.
A screening of the documentary film Sex + Money, followed by discussion and prayer.
Also airing this week was the following media coverage:
The sex trafficking ring involved a fourteen-year-old girl from Grants Pass. The Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force has been working on the investigation for almost a year.
Watch KTVL Channel 10′s video coverage of the story.
Local radio talk show hosts Jeanette Stark and Carl Wilson – of KAJO 1270AM - interview Steve Raycraft of ACT today about the upcoming Child Trafficking Awareness Week.
Indiana lawmakers passed tough human trafficking legislation this week — just in time to prevent an event where thousands of young girls are bought and sold for sex.
“The Super Bowl — or any large sports game — always draws traffickers and they bring the product line because there are a lot of men that are used to buying commercial sex around these events. Unfortunately, it draws minors as a product line. So what has happened in Indianapolis is absolutely amazing. The leadership standing up saying – we’re going to send a message to traffickers saying we’re not a good place for you to be bringing kids or vulnerable women to sell.”
- Linda Smith, president and founder of Shared Hope International
Written and hosted by Dan Rather, and released by the Huffington Post, this feature documentary film about Pornography and Child Trafficking in Portland, OR has been chosen as our Feature Film on Sunday February 12th, a part of the overall upcoming Child Trafficking Awareness Week.
As Mr. Rather writes: “Child prostitution has become a national problem in this country. Yes, I know that you have trouble believing that. You don’t want to believe it, so you tend not to….The business is booming. One of the worst areas for it runs along lines running roughly from Seattle to Portland, to San Francisco and Los Angeles, to Las Vegas. But no place in the country is immune.”
Sgt. Doug Justice, former head of the Portland Police Department’s Vice Detail (and featured in the video trailer above), will also be on hand as a Guest Speaker. Joining him will be Michelle Bart, Public Awareness Chair at Soroptimist International Northwest Region.
3PM at the GPHS Performing Arts Center. Venue details and directions here. Free admission.
Anuradha Koirala has helped rescue more than 12,000 girls and women in her over 2 decades of work fighting sex trafficking in Nepal. She will speak on “Protecting Humanity: Learning from the Heroes Among Us” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the Meese Auditorium in the Center for the Visual Arts at Southern Oregon University. It’s free and open to the public.
More information on Koirala and her work can be found in today’s Mail Tribune feature article.
Wednesday, January 18th is “Blackout Day” at Grants Pass High School.
In an effort to raise awareness for Human Trafficking locally, Student Leadership is encouraging their student body to wear black, talk about the issue, and stop by the information table in the lobby to learn more about the problem as it pertains to Southern Oregon.
Contact Jalynn Dinkins for more information at 541-474-5700.
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Help spread the word today by talking with others and taking time to learn more about the issue.
4th Annual Conference and Film Festival — January 9th to January 15th.
Monday • Film “Pornland” by Dan Rather Reports and HDNet
Tuesday • Film “The Day My God Died” by Andrew Levine and Winona Ryder
Wednesday • Film “Selling the Girl Next Door” by CNN and Turner Broadcasting
Thursday • Film “Wonderland” by James Cox, starring Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth
Saturday • Film “Your American Teen” (world premiere)
Friday • John Kroger, Oregon Attorney General + FBI and DHS Representatives
Saturday • Anuadha Koiral, Hero of the Year (CNN Freedom Project)
Sunday • “Road Through Wonderland” with Dawn Schiller and Friends
Full Conference Details listed on NWCAT’s Website.
Did you know? January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
This year’s Presidential Proclamation was released last Friday and included clear words from the White House regarding the importance of raising public awareness for this life-and-death issue.
“This month, I urge all Americans to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking. Together, and in cooperation with our partners around the world, we can work to end this terrible injustice and protect the rights to life and liberty entrusted to us by our forebears and owed to our children.”
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