James House of­fer­ing film screen­ings

20-minute film, “Cho­sen” will be of­fered in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LIFESTYLES -

Be­ing cho­sen usu­ally means some­thing good is go­ing to hap­pen to you. You are cho­sen to re­ceive an award, a schol­ar­ship, a pro­mo­tion, a job, a place on a team. You feel ex­cited and proud that some­one rec­og­nized your spe­cial qual­i­ties and chose you above the rest.

In the world of hu­man traf­fick­ing how­ever, be­ing cho­sen means some­thing else al­to­gether. Traf­fick­ers seek out vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple at schools, malls, cof­fee shops, and on so­cial me­dia and when they be­lieve they’ve found a po­ten­tial tar­get, they be­gin their cam­paign of ma­nip­u­la­tion against their “cho­sen” vic­tim.

Traf­fick­ers are of­ten older, buy their vic­tims ex­pen­sive gifts of clothes or jew­elry, take them to nice restau­rants, put them on a pedestal above all oth­ers. They do what­ever it takes to lure their “cho­sen” vic­tim in, to make them be­lieve they are spe­cial, cared for, loved. Be­cause so many young peo­ple long for these very things, traf­fick­ers are able to trick them into a life they never imag­ined.

The “cho­sen” feel flat­tered by the at­ten­tion they re­ceive from the traf­ficker and do not rec­og­nize the signs un­til it is much too late.

The film, “Cho­sen” tells the story of two girls tricked into traf­fick­ing. Bri­anna, 18, was a star stu­dent, cheer­leader, and wait­ress. Lacy, 13, en­joyed church and vol­un­teer­ing in her com­mu­nity. Both were ma­nip­u­lated. Both were ex­ploited. Both were cho­sen.

James House is of­fer­ing free screen­ings of the 20-minute film dur­ing the months of Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2019. To sched­ule a screen­ing fol­lowed by brief dis­cus­sion for your agency, staff, school, or com­mu­nity/faith group, con­tact Jane Clay­borne at 804-458-2704 or [email protected] the­jameshouse.org.

James House pro­vides sup­port, ad­vo­cacy, and ed­u­ca­tion for peo­ple in the Greater Tri-Cities Re­gion af­fected by sex­ual vi­o­lence, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and stalk­ing to em­power them to be­come healthy, safe, and self-suf­fi­cient. All ser­vices are trauma-in­formed, cost-free, con­fi­den­tial, and avail­able in both English and Span­ish. 24-hour cri­sis line 804-458-2840, main of­fice 804-458-2704, www.the­jameshouse.org, [email protected]­jameshouse. org.

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