Human sex trafficking is the sale of humans for sex, and involves deceit, force, coercion and control of a person by threats of violence for the purpose of sexual exploitation. While many people believe that human sex trafficking is an “international or immigrant” issue; it is, in fact, a domestic issue that is happening in our community, and it is largely going on undetected and under-reported.
Chelsea’s Story is a hard-hitting play based on an actual experience of a 15 year old girl, followed by a post-show talk facilitated by Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) that has proven highly successful in raising awareness around the sexual exploitation of children and young people.
Alter Ego’s Chelsea's Story is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. The audience will gain a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person's life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse.
Sheila Taylor, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People, UK
Seeing Chelsea’s Story is important for three different groups:
• Young people 12+
• Parents, care givers, teachers & professionals working with children & young people
• professionals from the justice system, the hospitality industry, businesses, funders and community and government decision makers
Chelsea’s Story has been seen by over 950,000 young people & hundreds of professionals around the UK & has proven highly effective at covering:-
• What makes a Healthy Relationship
• What makes an Unhealthy Relationship
• Safe Internet Use/Sexting
• The Grooming Process,
• Avoiding Victim Blaming
• Where to go for help and advice
For adult audiences it also
• Raises Awareness of the warning signs of exploitation
• Raises Awareness of the journey that young people may have been on that has resulted in them being exploited – a journey that can all too easily make it seem as though they have ‘made their own choices’ and can leave them not seeing themselves as victims and fighting against any intervention.
Why?: Ontario has the highest level of human sex trafficking in Canada accounting for 70 percent of all human trafficking activities in the country. Incidences in Waterloo Region are increasing and by now exceed the capacity of local services.
Understanding human sex trafficking will help us mobilize efforts to compassionately respond to victims and above all to prevent this harm from happening in the first place. Like most complex human challenges this takes an “all hands on deck” approach and needs to include parents, teachers, service providers, neighbours, businesses, and more.
Chelsea’s Story is brought to Waterloo Region by JM Drama Alumni,
in partnership with the Waterloo Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC)
and the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC)
When: Feb. 21-24, 2019
with both evening and matinee performances followed by facilitated discussions.
Where: Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener
Cost: students and seniors $15, adults $20, eyeGO $5 click to Purchase Tickets
There will be support people available to assist anyone needing support.
Please help us share this opportunity. Should you wish to access or know of someone who needs access to subsidized tickets, contact Julie Thompson at anRob21wc29uIHwgcmVnaW9vZndhdGVybG9vICEgY2E=
Questions? Please contact Julie Thompson,
Community Engagement Coordinator with WRCPC for additional information
This is the second in a series of events to occur throughout the year, to raise awareness of the prevalence of human sex trafficking in our region. Also check out:
Feb. 11, 2019 at 6:15 p.m. - Very Young Girls: human sex trafficking in Waterloo Region
FREE at the KPL auditorium. Join us for a film screening and panel discussion on human sex trafficking in Waterloo Region facilitated by Brenda Halloran, with representatives from local agencies, court and law enforcement.
#knowthesigns | #hedoesntownyou | #ChelseasStoryWR
This project would not be possible without the support of The The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation/The Landmann Family Fund and Morneau Family Law Solutions.
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