The Bucks Coalition Against Trafficking (BCAT), a project of NOVA, is hosting a screening and panel discussion of the film The Trap: The Deadly Sex Trafficking Cycle in American Prisons. The panel discussion will include two Survivor Leaders of Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
In 2014, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted the Commonwealth’s first comprehensive anti-trafficking statute. The statute provides enhanced legal protections for victims of human trafficking, including a civil remedy and the ability to vacate convictions for crimes that occurred as a direct result of victimization. These critical protections can help victims restore their lives and reduce some of the collateral consequences of their experiences.
Unfortunately, victims are still arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated for crimes directly related to the victimization. The Guardian conducted an eighteen month long investigation of how traffickers use the prison system to recruit and exploit women who have been incarcerated, resulting in the documentary The Trap: The Deadly Sex Trafficking Cycle in American Prisons. The film follows the stories of women caught in the trap of criminal exploitation and incarceration, and those trying to stop some of America’s most vulnerable women from falling under the control of human traffickers.
When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Health & Wellness Center / Doylestown Health
847 Easton Road, Route 611, Warrington, PA 18976
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.
Schedule of Events:
Registration and Welcome: 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Opening Remarks: 5:45 p.m.
Documentary Screening and Panel: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Moderator of the panel discussion:
• Shea M. Rhodes, Esquire, Director and Co-Founder of Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, will be the moderator of the panel discussion
Remotely joining the panel discussion:
• Nikki Bell, Founder and CEO of Living in Freedom Together (L.I.F.T.) Inc., Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Survivor Leader
• Audra Doody, Director of Outreach and Advocacy Program for Living in Freedom Together (L.I.F.T.) Inc., Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Survivor Leader
The Bucks Coalition Against Trafficking’s (BCAT) mission is to eradicate human trafficking in Bucks County through victim identification, community education, enhancement of arrests and prosecutions of traffickers, legislative advocacy and a coordinated response of victim and survivor services.