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Honey Bee: Film and Panel on Human Sex Trafficking in Waterloo Region

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Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3

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Honey Bee: Film and Panel about Human Sex Trafficking in Waterloo Region

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Girls as young as 12 years of age are lured into sex trafficking in Waterloo Region.

Join us for a film and discussion hosted by Brenda Halloran, with survivors, representatives from local agencies, court and law enforcement. Awareness of the problem is the first step towards action.

Due to the overwhelming response to this event, we will plan a similar event on another date. We will send all of the people on the waiting list information on this alternative date. click register to add your name to the list. Or email Julie at jthompson@regionofwaterloo.ca if you would like to receive an information about this and other events we will be hosting on Human Sex Trafficking.

Honey Bee is a Canadian film that shines a light on young girls that are lured into and trying to escape from human trafficking rings in Northern Ontario. It is directed by award-winning documentary director-turned-narrative filmmaker Rama Rau and stars TIFF 2014 Rising Star Julia Sarah Stone, Emmy-winner Martha Plimpton, Peter Outerbridge, Steven Love, Connor Price, Michelle McLeod and Sofia Banzhaf.

Panel moderated by Brenda Halloran. The panel includes:

• Nicky Carswell – Anti Human Trafficking Coordinator

• Investigator for Waterloo Region Police Service

• Donna Desgroseilliers - Indigenous team at FACS

Warning: This film contains offensive language and scenes depicting sexual violence. It may trigger some viewers and be inappropriate for young children.

We are collecting personal care items such as shampoo, toothbrushes and hairbrushes for survivors of human sex trafficking. We invite you to bring the items suggested to the film event. Items collected will be provided to the SASC’s Anti Human Sex Trafficking Program.

This series of events are supported by the following partners:

This is the first in a series of events to occur throughout the year, to raise awareness of the prevalence of child exploitation and human sex trafficking in our region. Stay tuned for details.

March 25-April 2 – Chelsea’s Story Script Reading

by MT Space actors, with facilitated talk-back by the Waterloo Region Sexual Assault Support Centre.

  • Part of the FemFest at the Registry Theatre. Date TBD
  • March 30, 2020 at Ayr Community Centre
  • Tentative date in Cambridge TBD

May 12 –Come hear the story of YUVA Arts Project. How a team of dedicated and tenacious young students overcame tremendous skepticism, obstacles and systemic barriers to create life changing opportunities for children to build hope.

For more information about these events check our website.

#knowthesigns | #ChelseasStoryWR |

Events are supported by the Sexual Assault Support Centre Waterloo Region, the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, MT Space, K-W Symphony, Trinity United Church, The Kitchener Public Library, and The Registry Theatre.

Why is Awareness important in Waterloo Region?

Last year SASC, the Registry Theatre Company, and The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council engage with other community partners to launch a series of initiatives to raise awareness of Human Sex Trafficking in Waterloo Region. Since then, there has been a marked increase in 12 and 13-year-old children seeking services for human sex trafficking in our region. Our local Anti-Sex Trafficking Coordinator feels that building awareness, especially by the play Chelsea’s Story and supporting activities have helped victims access these services sooner.

The Waterloo Regional Police Services reports that in the first 8 months of 2019 they opened 75 investigations of sex trafficking in this region. This is up from cases in 2017. We know that most sex trafficking cases are never reported to police and so the issue is significantly more prevalent than we can see. With the average age of victims being 12 and 15, we feel that it is essential that we equip children and caring adults with an understanding of exploitation, how to recognize it, how to stay safe and what to do if it happens. The Play Chelsea’s story was written expressly for these audiences.

Ontario has the highest level of human sex trafficking in Canada, with an estimated 70% of all human trafficking activities taking place in this province (Stats Can 2016). Waterloo region has become attractive to trafficking because of the ease by which sex traffickers can transport victims over the 400 series of highways. Human sex trafficking is hard to track and is largely going undetected and under-reported.

Human sex trafficking is the sale of humans for sex. It involves deceit, force, coercion and control of a person by threats of emotional, mental and sometimes physical violence for sexual exploitation and forced commercial sex. This includes forced prostitution and sexual performance including exotic dancing and the production of pornography.

Human sex trafficking is not sex work which is a consensual transaction between adults. Human sex trafficking is not the same as human smuggling which is the illegal service of bringing people into the country unlawfully.

The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) is made up of 40 community leaders representing diverse sectors from our community including education, mental health, child and youth advocates, politicians and enforcement. The WRCPC strives to shift the focus of crime prevention upstream, building a community foundation of equity where all citizens experience safety and opportunity.

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