Advocates against human trafficking in mid Michigan are hosting a free community film showing to raise awareness of human trafficking April 19.
Jennifer Fields is with the book club that’s organizing the event. She said after reading the book that the film is based on, her group wanted to raise awareness.
She says residents often think trafficking is a problem that happens ‘somewhere else’ or abroad. But, she says, she wants to change that perception.
“We have one of the most trafficked states -meaning that Michigan is one of the states that trafficks the most human beings. And we want to raise awareness on that, that there’s so much to learn and be proactive about,” Fields said.
She said the film shows serious issues like poverty and sex trafficking that are close to home.
“It’s our next door neighbors. I think was really powerful for our audience to contemplate because it sure feels like something that happens “over there” and it doesn’t. It happens here. it happens in Mount Pleasant – which is frankly shocking. but it is true,” Fields said.
Fields said there will be a panel discussion featuring local and regional advocates. She said donations will go to local, regional and international women’s aid.
This is the group’s third advocacy film showing. She said 250 people attended.the first showing. Free on-site child care is offered.
The community showing of “A Path Appears” is scheduled for April 19 in the French Auditorium of the College of Human Services building at Central Michigan University. The showing is planned to start at 1 p.m
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A Path Appears http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/path-appears/