FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A documentary that shows real cases of American girls caught in sex trafficking will have another free screening in Fort Wayne.
WANE-TV and Allen Superior Court’s Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES will present “I Am Jane Doe” at the Allen County Public Library’s downtown branch on Tuesday, February 13.
The screening will start at 6 p.m., but the doors will open at 5:15 p.m. There will also be free pizza offered. After the documentary, there will be a discussion and Q & A with Jeremy Greenlee, a Regional Coalition Coordinator for the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program.
The event is free, however space is limited and people have to register online.
“A lot of people would be shocked to find out a lot of the young ladies who have been trafficked are from middle class families and from all racial backgrounds,” Hon. Charles Pratt, a judge with the Allen County Superior Court, said. “It’s putting every child at risk. The trafficking issue is hitting Indian as significantly as any other state and it’s an issue that’s often buried because most people that go through daily lives don’t realize this is an issue that can happen in all neighborhoods. It’s important to bring awareness how trafficking occurs and who might be targeted and how they’re targeted and that it can really happen to any teenage girl or boy and we need to get that word out.”
“I Am Jane Doe” follows real cases of American girls enslaved in the child sex trade through ads. This documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers as they run into a collision course not only with Backpage, but with judges, powerful corporations, special interest groups and an outdated internet freedom law that has been interpreted by federal judges to protect websites from any responsibility for hosting ads which sell underage girls. “I Am Jane Doe” takes a fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.”
Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES was founded 20 years ago and is funded by the Foellinger Foundation.
“We provide training and educational opportunities on evidence-based practices and significant issues facing children and families, primarily to those who are involved in serving children and families,” Judge Pratt said. “This documentary really meets our mission as Great KIDS and as a juvenile court to make sure people know what’s happening nationally and the challenges we have, so it’s our job as a court to protect families and one of the best ways to do that is to give good information.”