If you happen to be in the Toronto area over the next couple of months, you may want to check these out:
GLOBAL TO LOCAL: DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES ON SEX TRAFFICKING
A three part series by Action to End Exploitation, offering perspectives from a variety of experts in the field of human trafficking.
Speakers will draw from a vast range of personal and professional experiences as they attempt to unravel the complex phenomenon of the modern global sex slave trade.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 @ Hart House, U of T – St. George Campus 7-9 PM PWYC Event
Loly Rico, Canadian Council for Refugees, Canada Irena Soltys, Stop the Trafficking Coalition Canada Benjamin Santamaria, Project Desert Roses
Thursday, October 18, 2007 @ The Toronto Women’s Bookstore (73 Harbord Street, Toronto) 7- 9 PM PWYC Event
Angela Miles, OSIE, University of Toronto Clara Ho, Legal Director, METRAC John Fenn, Streetlights Support Services
Thursday, October 25, 2007 @ The Brunswick Theatre (296 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto) 7-9 PM
Film Screening of “Anonymously Yours”
“[A clandestine film] shot deep in the uncharted world of Southeast Asian sex trafficking. The film chronicles the merchandising of women commonplace in a land afflicted with staggering poverty and widespread corruption”.
TRADING WOMEN: SEPT 22 & 29 SHOWING AT THE BRUNSWICK THEATRE
Showtime: Sat Sept 22 - 7pm & Sat Sept 29 - 4pm Location: 296 Brunswick Avenue (2nd Floor), Toronto Ontario Phone: 647-282-3627
An excerpt from the Brunswick theatre’s website:
Filmed in Burma, China, Laos, and Thailand, this is the first film to follow the trade in women in all its complexity and to consider the impact of this ‘far away’ problem on the global community.
Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie, Trading Women follows the trade of women in all its complexity, entering the worlds of brothel owners, trafficked girls, voluntary sex-workers, corrupt police and anxious politicians.
The film also explores the international community’s response to the issue. Trading Women is the first film to demonstrate to viewers the relationship of the trade in drugs to the trade of women. The film dispels common beliefs about the sex trade, such as: “The problem is the parents - it’s part of their culture to sell their daughters;” “The sex trade exists because of Western sex tours;” and “They sell their girls for TV’s.”