Human trafficking is eyed by movie, panel
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Second Life of Chattanooga will host the screening of “The Candy Shop,” a film about the sex trafficking of children, on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Lee University Church Street Annex located at 340 Church St. N.E.

The movie will be followed by a panel question-and-answer session featuring government, law enforcement and trafficking advocacy experts. Admission is free.

“So often, people don’t realize that human trafficking happens right here,” said Jerry Redman, Second Life managing senior partner. “This compelling film creatively and powerfully depicts just how prevalent the problem of human trafficking is in our very own neighborhoods.”

Scheduled panel members include State Rep. Eric Watson, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; Carmen Hudson, representing Partnership for Families, Children & Adults; Terri Self, Second Life senior partner; and Redman.

“We are grateful to Lee University’s Residential Life and House Office and Student Leadership Council for co-sponsoring this event,” Self said. “We hope it will raise awareness and encourage action.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a child is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation every two minutes within the United States.

Second Life of Chattanooga is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking in the greater Chattanooga area. Through partnerships with other community organizations, Second Life works to champion hope and justice for the 300,000 children annually at risk of sexual exploitation and slavery in the United States.

For more information and involvement opportunities, visit www.secondlifechattanooga.org.