On March 16, 2011 a briefing will be held on the sex trafficking of minors in the U.S with a special introduction by acclaimed actor Mira Sorvino. This form of modern day slavery is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. Over 100,000 children are trafficked for sex in the U.S. each year, according to recent estimates.
To learn more about this tragic problem, please come to the briefing at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 (the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing room.)
Mira Sorvino: Welcome and introduction
Senators Ron Wyden and John Cornyn: comments on the re-introduction of the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act
Libby Spears, filmmaker - Director of the documentary film "Playground": brief commentary and viewing of the trailer for "Playground"
Panel of speakers:
Dr. Sharon Cooper, Forensic Pediatrician, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Sgt. Doug Justus, Portland Police Bureau (ret.), former head of the Portland Police Department vice unit
Natasha, a Victims' Rights Advocate and sex trafficking survivor
Ernie Allen, President and CEO, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
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