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Film examines human trafficking

A Nanaimo church hopes a film screening about sex-trafficking promotes conversation and activism on the issue.

ET Family Church is showing Trade of Innocents, written and directed by Christopher Bessette. The film aims at presenting the reality of modern sexual slavery and the exploitation of children. It is the story of Alex Becker, a human trafficking investigator, and his wife Claire who volunteers at a shelter for rescued girls. It’s set in a tourist town in Southeast Asia and stars Mira Sorvino, Dermot Mulroney and Trieu Tran.

The film features parallel stories, switching between the life of a little girl in a filthy cinder-block room waiting for the next client and the lives of Becker and his wife.

Nanaimo residents have an opportunity to see the film and talk to the writer, Bessette, who will participate in a discussion after the film.

“As Canadians, this is an issue we simply cannot ignore,” said Ryan Morgan, a pastor at ET Family Church, in a press release. “I believe we have a responsibility to educate ourselves and champion justice for those who are opposed to evils like sex-tourism. That’s why this film screening is so important to us.”

Trade of Innocents shows Sunday (Jan. 20) 6 p.m. at the church, located at 1300 Princess Royal Ave. Tickets are $5 at the door or call 250-753-0258.

For more information on the film please go to www.tradeofinnocentsthemovie.com.

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