Surviving Sex Trafficking (2021)

1h 11m / Not Rated / Documentary

With 45 million sex trafficking victims worldwide (more than 12,000 of them right here in Florida), only 1% manage to escape or be rescued. Surviving Sex Trafficking examines the ongoing struggles of those survivors as they desperately fight to break free of their past, heal their bodies and minds, reconnect with a world of hope, and reclaim their lost humanity.

Jain monk Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, the filmmaker behind the award-winning documentary Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex Traffic, as she uncovers the depth of pain felt by survivors as well as if and how they can truly recover. Through conversations with victims and trips to women’s shelters around the world, Surviving Sex Trafficking reveals their stories and how they escaped, how they continue to survive, and how they live day to day with the repressed trauma from the horrific events they experienced.

After the screening, Kaitlin Howell – the Junior League of Tampa’s Human Trafficking Awareness Chair – will moderate a panel discussion with Natasha Nascimento, the President & CEO of Redefining Refuge; and Sara LaChance, President of Stop the Movement


THE PANEL:

Kaitlin Howell had been a member of the Junior League of Tampa since 2016 and is currently serving her third position on the league’s Human Trafficking Awareness Committee. As this year’s current chair she works to bring updated statistics, warnings signs and ways to help to members of the league. She leads the efforts of the committee hosting a virtual event open to the public on Human Trafficking in the Age of Technology.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and after spending over a decade in Florida, Natasha Nascimento’s diverse life experience cultivated a sensitivity to acknowledge and find ways to serve others in need. Recognizing the local urgency to advocate on behalf of children without a voice became a catalyst for Natasha to create Tampa Bay’s first Holistic Program for trafficked girls. She left her career in finance to launch the foundation, Redefining Refuge. For her work in this sector, Natasha was awarded The Lightning Community Hero by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, as well as the Spirit of Humanity Award by the DeBartolo Family Foundation. Since the organization’s inception in 2010, she has been invited to the Florida State Capitol and the United States Capitol where she continues to campaign for legislative change.

Natasha is a Member of The Junior League of Tampa, as well as the University of South Florida’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy. She proudly serves as a Board Member of Heart Gallery of Tampa; as well as Enriching Escapes; a Non-Profit Organization who provides vacations for families of children with Special Needs and an Advisory Board Member of the Strategic Alliance to Fight Exploitation

Sara LaChance is a Tampa Bay local, a wife, and mother. Sara is a business owner with a heart for ending the atrocities caused by human trafficking. After a year of researching how she could get involved in the fight against Human Trafficking, she discovered that what the Tampa Bay area was lacking was prevention and awareness. Sara founded Stop the Movement with a group of friends passionate about helping to fight Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay. This group has a mission of community on purpose with a common goal and is constantly looking to add to their team.