Sex trafficking in San Diego. Image via TheGuardian.com

On Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. the Rock Church in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University Center for Justice and Reconciliation will host a screening of the documentary, “Stolen,” a documentary series about sex trafficking of children in San Diego County.

The event which is free and open to the community will also include an informational panel on how the community can help end human trafficking in San Diego. 

It is the second-largest underground economy in San Diego, grossing $810 million annually.

An estimated 15,000 to 50,000 women and children are forced into human trafficking in the United States every year. 

“Stolen” is a seven-episode documentary series that is the product of a year-long investigation that includes exclusive interviews and, for the first time, substantial proof of the scope of the problem in San Diego County schools. And as a global pandemic shifts the education system into a virtual space, experts warn of exploiters targeting children online, now more than ever before.

The event is designed for the community to come together as advocates for human trafficking. “Stolen,” is told from the perspective of victims, survivors, pimps, and customers,

“Stolen” also celebrates the strength of survivors and their families, as they struggle – often with success — to break the bonds of sex trafficking

It is a difficult and uncomfortable topic but a must-see for parents, educators, youth groups, and community leaders.

After the movie, the audience is invited to listen to a panel and a section discussing the signs of human trafficking and how to be an advocate.

For more information including registering for free tickets, visit: https://sdrock.com/stolen

Given the nature of the content, “parental discretion is advised for children under 13.” 

If you or someone you know could be a victim of sex trafficking or exploitation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text the words “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733



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