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First-Year Experience program screens film on child sex trafficking

Loyola press release - November 7, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans’ Office of Academic Affairs presents a film screening of “Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth,” a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it, on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium.

The feature-length film follows a group of photojournalists as they travel across the United States in search of an explanation as to how the sexual exploitation of children has become the nation’s fastest growing form of organized crime and what can be done to stop it.

Currently across America, approximately 100,000 minors are being sexually exploited. Since September 2009, the film crew has traveled to more than 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists and adult-entertainment professionals, among others.

"Sex and Money shows us that human trafficking is a local phenomenon, a crime that is happening in plain sight in our own hometowns,” said Loyola English professor Laura Murphy, Ph.D.

Following the screening, a panel of local experts will discuss the film and answer questions. Speakers include Elizabeth Scaife of Shared Hope International, Mauricio Aguilar, a human trafficking case manager at the Metro Center for Women and Children, and Jennifer Terry, a congressional staffer who works as a special agent on the issue of sex trafficking.

“The speakers we've invited to discuss the film will reveal the disturbing reality of modern slavery right here in New Orleans,” Murphy said. “If you heard Shamere McKenzie, a human trafficking survivor who spoke on campus last month, or joined in the vibrant discussions that followed, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn more about trafficking."

The film stems from an original book collaboration, “Sex+Money: A Global Search for Human Worth,” in which a group of student photojournalists traveled to more than 20 countries to explore human suffering and the seldom-discussed topic of children being bought and sold into sexual slavery. Their collection of photographs and stories explores the realities of human trafficking and offers readers a global perspective on the consequences of abusing two of the most powerful forces in the world: sex and money.

The event is free and open to the public. The screening is co-sponsored by Free the Slaves and the Loyola University English Department.

For more information, contact Laura Murphy at lmurphy@loyno.edu or 504-865-2152.