KATHLEEN -- A free showing of the film Chosen is set for Tuesday to widen awareness and help educate local families, educators and others of the dangers of human trafficking.
Christine Watson, an area anti-human trafficking advocate, said the 20-minute film will start at 7 p.m. at Bare Bulb Coffee with a discussion following.
Chosen tells the true story of two all-American teenage girls who were tricked into trafficking, Watson said. Its an educational and awareness tool that reveals the warning signs and sometimes fatal consequences of sex trafficking to middle and high school students. Many times a pimp will pose as a friend or boyfriend in order to lure young, vulnerable girls into forced prostitution. Pimps are no longer the cliché characters you see in movies or on TV.
Chosen was produced by Shared Hope International, an organization which works to prevent conditions fostering sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. The documentary is designed to equip preteens and teens to protect themselves and others from being trapped in the sex industry.
Watson said the average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. is 12 years old and crosses socio-economic lines.
She said the film is ideal for middle and high school students, teachers, guidance counselors, parents, youth group leaders and others who care for and work with young people.
Bare Bulb Coffee is located near the intersection of Ga. 96 and Lake Joy Road at 1117 Ga. 96. Further information is available in the events section at barebulbcoffee.org or by calling 213-5236.
Watson said RSVPs for the film at the Bare Bulb website are invited but not required.
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