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Free Documentary Screening to Facilitate Community Dialogue on Human Trafficking

South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking Urges Residents, Businesses, and Law Makers to Fight Human Rights Violation

As part of the activities prepared for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the public is invited to a free Screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary by award winning journalist Miki Mistrati that exposes the widespread use of child and forced labor in the cocoa industry. A panel discussion on local efforts to address human trafficking follows the screening.

South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking
San José Police Department, Human Trafficking Task Force
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Social School Graduate Student’s Association
Santa Clara County Community leaders, advocates and residents

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

San Jose State University Morris Dailey Auditorium, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192

There are more slaves in the world today than any other time in history, and most of those (at least 80%) are women and girls. The San Francisco Bay Area is a top destination point for trafficked victims because of its major harbors and airports, its powerful economy and the increasing immigrant population and industries that make human trafficking victims vulnerable. Members of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking urge Santa Clara County residents, businesses, law makers and advocacy agencies to help raise awareness about human trafficking and slavery and eradicate these human rights violations.

Local efforts to raise awareness are essential. This event will help foster a productive dialog on the issues. With more than 40 percent of the world’s production, the West African country of Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer of cocoa. Children as young as seven years old work illegally in plantations where they face dangerous job conditions that include cutting down the cocoa and carrying heavy loads. Some of these underage workers are victims of trafficking and most of them are never paid.

About the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking (SBCEHT)
SBEHT had its first meeting on February 18, 2005, to develop a multidisciplinary response to human trafficking in the Bay Area. The SBCEHT upholds a victim-centered approach in coordinating resources and strengthening local capacity to address human trafficking in the South Bay.

Media Contact: Perla Flores, Community Solutions (408) 644-9774; Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142.
Posted: February 9, 2011