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Sex+Money: Federal Way human trafficking group hosts discussion

A free showing of the documentary
A free showing of the documentary 'Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth' will run 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 24 at Lifeway Church, 5015 SW Dash Point Road.
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Mirror staff reports:

A free showing of the documentary "Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth" will run 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 24 at Lifeway Church, 5015 SW Dash Point Road.

A guest panel includes Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson. The event is hosted by the Washington Engage Federal Way Community Action Team and Women of Vision. To learn more, contact brendao@waengage.com.

Federal Way connection

A community action team has formed to address human trafficking — which refers to sex slavery and forced labor — in the Federal Way area. The team is a partnership between Washington Engage, an anti-human trafficking group, and Women of Vision, a volunteer ministry of World Vision.

The team meets monthly and has two primary goals: education and law enforcement support. The team's next meeting is 7 p.m. March 27 at the EX3 Ron Sandwith Teen Center in Federal Way. To read the story of one Federal Way mother's ordeal, click here.

Letter to The Mirror

Brenda Oliver of the Federal Way Community Action Team submitted the following letter earlier this month:

The Federal Way Community Action Team hosted a standing-room only community awareness event Feb. 29 at Federal Way City Hall. More than 130 community members attended.

Dr. Debra Boyer spoke on the topic “Demand: Confronting Norms that Allow Commercial Sexual Exploitation to Exist.” She kept the room buzzing and called us to action against the norms that allow this horrific crime of commercial sexual exploitation to exist in our communities.

Peter Qualliotine, commercial sexual exploitation training coordinator for YouthCare’s Bridge program in Seattle, explained the link between pornography and prostitution. His talk was titled “Pornography and the Reproduction of Prostitution” and challenged the audience to think about how pornography is quite literally the reproduction of prostitution.

The third speaker was Valiant Richey, senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County. He is active in our court system, but is also a volunteer in many initiatives. He discussed the law as it is written today and explained how the new laws will help give him the tools to do his job more effectively.

Congratulations to the members of Federal Way Community Action Team as well as the community for making this community awareness event a success, and bringing more attention to the issue and problem of human trafficking locally.

Thank you to all of the Women of Vision that were able to attend.

Brenda Oliver, Federal Way Community Action Team

 

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