"Very Young Girls" Film Screening & Speaker
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)
Special Guest Speaker:
D'Lita Miller, Survivor
Very Young Girls
is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police.
The film follows barely adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women.
The film identifies hope for these girls in the organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a recovery agency founded and run by Rachel Lloyd, herself a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact commercially sexually exploited youth. Very Young Girls will change the way law enforcement, the media, and society as a whole look at the commercial sexual exploitation, street prostitution, and human trafficking that is happening right in our own backyard.
About D'Lita Miller
D'Lita Miller is the single mother of five children and three grandchildren. As a young, single mom with limited education and resources, she supported herself and her children through stripping, escorting and prostitution. Ten years ago, she realized that she could no longer live her life by settling for less than she was worth and decided to persue her dreams. She has since gone back to school and is pursuing a career in law and justice and devotes much of her time to ministering to and advocating for young women and girls who have been victimized by sex trafficking. D'Lita currently works as the Family Support and Outreach Coordinator for Saving Innocence, a non-profit organization that serves those who have been sexually exploited. She also trains service workers, parents, girls and other community members who are interested in the issue of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) will be hosting the screening of this film and it will be followed by a speaker, survivor D'Lita Miller. For more information, call Anne-Michelle Ellis, CASE Coordinator at (909) 383-9677.
Due to the mature nature of this subject, no one under 18 will be allowed to attend without a parent or guardian. Thank you!