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CARE extends an invitation to the community


Nicole Yunker will not be silent.
The CARE (Committee Advocating for the Removal of sexual Exploitation) member is inviting the community to Human Trafficking-Canada’s Secret Shame at Countryfest Community Cinema (CCC), Jan. 25.
The documentary is about human trafficking in Canada, she said, and the work of the Joy Smith Foundation and others.
Told by experts across Canada, the film features directors of leading NGOs speaking about rescuing and rehabilitating survivors, a police officer talking about taking down trafficking rings and bringing perpetrators to justice, a reformed trafficker talking how he lured young girls into the sex trade, a parent whose daughter was trafficked recalling the agony of what he and his family went through and a survivor of human trafficking telling her story.
Having watched the documentary, Yunker learned more information from the viewpoint of the service providers, the victims and from families featured in the film.
“It is really interesting, because it is a lot of different viewpoints of what is happening and its impact here,” she said.
With the partnership of CARE, CCC, the Parkland Crisis Centre, Dauphin Friendship Centre (DFC) and Boxes of Love, the screening is a free event.
CARE and its partners brought the film Nefarious to Dauphin last year, Yunker said, noting the event was sold out.
“We were thrilled, because it was the first time and that told us that’s a great way of providing information,” she said.
Nefarious focussed on the same topic at an international level, Yunker explained, while Human Trafficking - Canada’s Secret Shame has a national focus.
“And there’s also information in the documentary related to Manitoba,” she said, pointing out a Winnipeg family is in the documentary.
Yunker encourages the community to watch the film, as the screening is a one-time opportunity.
“I think that it’s really valuable information for somebody who doesn’t have information and wants to learn, or somebody who has information and wants to know more,” she said.
“It’s really important that we keep having the conversation. Silence helps human trafficking grow, awareness stops it.”
The evening will conclude with a question and answer period, Yunker added, offering an opportunity to learn about what organizations in the Parkland are doing to combat human trafficking and protect victims.
Due to the topic, she recommends the film for adults or older teenagers accompanied by a parent or guardian.
“Only so that they can have discussions and be supported,” Yunker said, noting individuals will be at the event for debriefing after the film, if needed.
“It is a difficult topic to hear about. We need to fight the silence,” she said.
Yunker anticipates a large crowd for the screening, adding it is first come, first served.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. Yunker suggests those interested come early, as advance tickets will not be available.
Additionally, Joy Smith, founder of the Joy Smith Foundation will be in Dauphin March 3, as part of a Human Trafficking Awareness event at the Watson Art Centre.
Hosted by the partnering committee, tickets are available at DFC. For more information, call 204-638-4882.

M. A. Nyquist