Human Trafficking Awareness Month Film

Film Screening & Panel: Very Young Girls
Tuesday, February 13th, 6pm
Woodruff Auditorium (KU Memorial Union, Level 5)

To mark Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the Youth Trust Project and the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity will screen the documentary Very Young Girls, followed by a panel of local community experts. For more information on our co-sponsor, the Youth Trust Project, please visit:

Film Description: Very Young Girls is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women. The film identifies hope for these girls in the organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a recovery agency founded and run by Rachel Lloyd, herself a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact commercially sexually exploited youth. Very Young Girls will change the way law enforcement, the media, and society as a whole look at the commercial sexual exploitation, street prostitution, and human trafficking that is happening right in our own backyard.

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January is #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth.

Please join us for these important upcoming events:

Wednesday, January 24th, 5:30

Tuesday, February 13th, 6 pm
SCREENING & PANEL: VERY YOUNG GIRLS co-sponsored by Youth Trust Project and Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity

Interested in getting involved in the struggle to end human trafficking? Consider joining these local organizations:

Youth Trust Project

LATTE - Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Taskforce and Education Association

Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking

The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center

The Willow Domestic Violence Center

StopGap, Inc.

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