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"Playing the Game" - A Teen's Perspective on Human Trafficking: Survival Tools Against Sex Traffickers and Internet Safety

  • Marin County Office of Education 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue San Rafael, CA, 94903 United States (map)

A TEEN Empowerment event! An opportunity for education about the problem of Sex Trafficking here in Marin and Sonoma Counties. The MCOE-Marin County Office of Education, Ms. Maya Babow and Shared Hope International are teaming up for a evening of films: 'Chosen', 'Playing The Game', 'Internet Safety' and possibly also 'Strong Survival', stories of survivors told by survivors. Following the films we will have a discussion panel for any Q&As. Pizza offered by Elks Lodge #1108, San Rafael!

  • Brianna, 17, was a waitress in a diner.
  • 'Lacy', 13, was invited to a neighborhood party.
  • Maya, 12, was in a tea house with friends.
  • Ryan and Noah, 14, were chatting with other boys online.
  • Alicia, 13, was using the family laptop in the common room.

Every one of these teens was spotted, targeted, stalked and lured into sex trafficking while living at home. The sex traffickers’ methods are low key, practiced, smooth ... and successful.

 Learn what to avoid
(Age appropriate for 12 years and above)

 The Marin County Office of Education, with Shared Hope International, are hosting a screening of the films Playing the Game, written and produced by students based on the life experience of Maya Babow, the short film Chosen, and a presentation on internet safety, followed by a panel presentation including Maya Babow and Shared Hope International's Laurel Botsford. The films focus on the techniques human traffickers use to lure young people.

Question & Answers with:

  • Maya Babow, Film Producer, Actor, Survivor Advocate, Sonoma Academy Film Productions
  • Shynie Lu, Film Director & Producer, Sonoma County Junior Commission on Human Rights
  • A.J. Brady, Marin County Deputy District Attorney, Reed Union School District Board Member
  • Sgt. Scott Eberle, San Rafael Police Department, Street Crimes and Human Trafficking
  • Cynthia Peterson, Manager, Community Violence Solutions, Victim Services
  • Laurel Botsford, Trained Volunteer Ambassador of Hope, Shared Hope International

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Questions? Contact the Marin County Office of Education at (415) 499-5804