Later this month, the documentary Very Young Girls is playing at the Kitchener Public Library. This film examines sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking in New York City. "Centering on former-prostitute-turned-activist Rachel Lloyd and her support centre, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the film delves into to the sad and shocking process of luring girls, some as young as 13, into the sex trade. As Lloyd struggles to save the girls and rehabilitate those who have fallen victim -- a tragic, yet hopeful, story unfolds." The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on human sex trafficking in Waterloo Region with representatives from local agencies and law enforcement.
This free event is hosted by the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. They note that incidences of sex trafficking in our Region are on the rise and exceed the capacity of local services to address these issues fully. The WRCPC "encourages and supports community efforts that reduce and prevent crime, victimization and fear of crime." They rely on partnerships to address root causes of crime. Public education and information sharing (such as this event), policy development, and capacity building are just some areas of focus for the Crime Prevention Council.