You're invited...to a film screening about sex trafficking

Thursday, October 05, 2017

5-Stones

Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities

The second free public screening of Innocence Sold, three short films about the realities of sex trafficking, will take place Tuesday, October 10 at Grand Chute Town Hall. The films highlight the story of Sabrina, a high-school student lured into sex trafficking; her trafficker, Matt; and her friend, Andrea. Innocence Sold was produced and filmed in the Fox Valley by Catherine Tatge, a former professor of film production at Lawrence University. The films were created in conjunction with the local nonprofit 5-Stones, to educate young people about the dangers of sex trafficking. Download and print the film screening flyer.
 
5-stones was established in 2010 to raise awareness of the dangers and magnitude of sex trafficking of youth in Wisconsin. The mission of 5-stones is to prevent sex trafficking through awareness, education, prevention, networking, and collaboration. The agency’s target audience includes schools, colleges and universities, service clubs, private industry, and faith-based organizations.
 
A 2015 USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin article titled Sex trafficking common in Midwest states, "Wisconsin is ranked fifth in the nation in number of human trafficking cases, according to Nancy Irizarry, the chairman of the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium, a diverse team committed to addressing the problem of human trafficking in Wisconsin." Youth most vulnerable to recruitment in this modern form of slavery include those who have runaway or experienced homelessness, sexual abuse, or marginalization. The average age of both male and female youth becoming sex trafficking victims is 12 to 14 years.
 
United Way Fox Cities has provided a $12,000 grant to help fund this awareness project through 5-Stones. The professionally-produced video vignettes are designed to help inform middle and high school students, educators, and parents on the signs of sex trafficking. The videos will be accompanied by written materials and information on how to access help if needed.
 
The public (ages 12+) is invited to attend the premiere on October 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Chute Town Hall, 1900 Grand Chute Boulevard.