Sunday, February 27, 2011

Very Young Girls Screening This Tuesday

"Very Young Girls is an expose of human trafficking  that follows thirteen and fourteen
year old American girls as they are seduced, abused, and sold on New York’s streets by
pimps, and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows the barely-adolescent
girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them as they are first lured on
to the streets and the dire events which follow. The film also uses startling footage shot
by the brazen pimps themselves giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of street life
begins for many women.
The film identifies hope for these girls in the organization GEMS (Girls Education and
Mentoring Services), a recovery center founded and  run by Rachel Lloyd, herself a
survivor of sexual exploitation. She and her staff are heroic and relentless in their mission
to help girls sent by the court or found on the street. Given a chance to piece their lives
back together, some will succeed, but many will remain suspended on the edge of two
different worlds consistently battling the force that will suck them back into the
underground. Very Young Girls’ unprecedented access to girls and pimps will change
the way law enforcement, the media, and society as  a whole look at sexual
exploitation, street prostitution and human trafficking that is happening right in our own
backyard. " (

Come learn more about our Vagina Monologues beneficiary GEMS this Tuesday March 1st @ 5:30 in the Student Lounge.

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