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Donnelly tackling slavery
Assemblyman to host meeting on human trafficking
Tuesday’s article, “Donnelly tackling slavery,” incorrectly states that CASE stands for Californians Against Sexual Exploitation. The correct name is Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation. Also, representatives from Christians Against Demolishing Exploitation will not be speaking about the documentary, “Teenage $ex 4 Sale,” which was created by Christopher Lee, and no portion of the documentary will be shown at Friday’s meeting.
HESPERIA • Assemblyman Tim Donnelly will host a free informational meeting on Friday regarding human trafficking and the establishment of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California.
Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, will be joined by representatives from Californians Against Sexual Exploitation and Christians Actively Demolishing Exploitation, as well as those working on the ground level to combat modern day slavery in San Bernardino County, according to a news release from Donnelly’s office.
The assemblyman is also looking at establishing Feb. 1 as the statewide Free From Slavery Day.
“The statistics on human trafficking in the High Desert are believed to be incomplete,” wrote Donnelly by email. “In the last year, there were two confirmed cases — not for lack of activity, but because of a lack of victim identification.”
Donnelly wrote that Friday’s meeting will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about identifying victims and how to report cases of human trafficking, as he believes an aware and educated community is the most effective tool for identifying and preventing children from becoming victims.
Representatives from CADE will be speaking at the meeting about their documentary, “Teenage $ex for Sale,” which is being shown in select locations throughout the county.
Peggy Stapleton, director of CADE, said the documentary sheds light on the young women who are being sold into sex slavery in the Inland Empire.
“This issue is so huge, every day when you pick up the newspaper you see this stuff on the front page. It’s a travesty,” Stapleton said. “Those in the faith-based community need to become involved.”
Stapleton said the next pubic viewing for the documentary, which is being released by the District Attorney’s office, will be Thursday in Rancho Cucamonga.
“We must educate ourselves because one young girl trapped in the grips of slaveholders is one too many,” Donnelly wrote. “This problem affects all of us and we can all play a role in ending it.”
Donnelly’s informational meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station at 15840 Smoketree St. For more information, call (760) 244-5277.
To view the documentary trailer please visit www.sbcountyda.org. For more information call (909) 499-8932.
Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.
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