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Film showing & panel discussion: Sex trafficking, 7 p.m., West 105


Contact: Tom Hungate, Northwest Public TV, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, 509-335-6537,

Independent Film Explores Sex Trafficking of Minors in Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, WA — Northwest Public Television spearheads a public forum to discuss sex trafficking in the Tri-Cities. Partners in the effort are the producers of a new documentary, "Here? Sex Trafficking in Our Community," and a variety of experts and representatives from community agencies who are engaged in this issue.

The program, "Here? Sex Trafficking in our Community," airs Tuesday, October 2, at 7:00 pm on KTNW and KWSU. It will be followed at 7:30 by a public forum and call-in program live from the Northwest Public TV studio on the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus.

During the public forum, viewers are invited to call and ask questions of the representatives who will be in the Northwest Public TV studio in Richland. Phone lines will be open an additional hour after the program to take calls and give further information and referrals. The number to call is 800-922-4220.

The film explores the problem and the local agencies working to solve it. Agencies working on this issue include the Kennewick Police Department, the Richland Police Department, the Tri-Cities Coalition Against Trafficking, the Union Gospel Mission, the Soroptimist Task Force, gang outreaches, mental health advocates, area school districts and prosecuting attorneys.

“Many people think that this problem only happens in third-world countries,” said Betty Adams, co-producer of Sex Trafficking. “It is actually happening in the Tri-Cities and smaller communities.”

“Our film looks at the environment that creates the problem and the people trying to cure it,” added her co-producer Susan Bauer. “We share some shocking data that shows at least 100,000 minors across the U.S. are trafficked each year and the average age is 13. It happens here as well as metropolitan areas.”

Representatives from each group will be in the audience to participate in the panel discussion. The viewing audience is encouraged to call in with their questions. Glenn Johnson, professor at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University will moderate the panel.

Northwest Public Television is a service of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Its two broadcast stations serve audiences in the Columbia Basin and Inland Northwest.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 7:00pm