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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

News Release

Release Date: January 8, 2018

Event Date: January 25, 2018

Information Contact: Stephanie Felt, Coordinator

                        Kandiyohi County Human Trafficking Task Force; stephaniefelt@hotmail.com

 

 

Human Trafficking Documentary “I AM Jane Doe” Presented by the Kandiyohi County Human Trafficking Task Force and Ridgewater College

 

Willmar, Minn. – The Kandiyohi County Human Trafficking Task Force (KCHTTF) and Ridgewater College have partnered to bring the nationally acclaimed documentary “I Am Jane Doe” for a free showing on January 25 from 6:00-8:30pm.  The event is helping raise awareness of this growing crime during Human Trafficking Awareness month.

 

Following the film, held in the Ridgewater College Theater, Room 141, members of the Kandiyohi County Human Trafficking Task Force will answer questions and facilitate discussion. Topics will include sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in rural Minnesota, warning signs and indications of trafficking, how to keep our children safe and the steps that we can all take to prevent trafficking from happing in our community.

 

I AM Jane Doe chronicles the struggle that several parents have been waging on behalf of their middle school daughters who were victims of on-line sex trafficking. It’s been called “a gripping legal thriller” (Esquire), “a powerful call to action” (The Los Angeles Times) and “viscerally emotional” (The Washington Post). The film is narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain.

 

The Safe Harbor law went into effect August 1, 2014 and is shifting the paradigm for at-risk and sexually exploited youth, viewing them as crime victims rather than criminals. Specifically, Safe Harbor laws are designed to exempt children from prostitution arrest and prosecution, train law enforcement and community members on how to identify and assist victims, increase penalties for traffickers, and promote the development of a statewide multidisciplinary response.

 

The event is free to the public and there is no registration required.  It is brought to our community through the support of Ridgewater College, Safe Avenues, the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office and the Willmar Area Women’s Fund.

 

There will also be a showing on the Ridgewater’s Hutchinson Campus on Tuesday, January 30th at 6 pm.

 

For more information, contact task force coordinator, Stephanie Felt, at stephaniefelt@hotmail.com or call Safe Avenues at 235-0475.

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