Airing Hope

Over the past two years, more than a hundred people, all of them minors, have been recovered from the sex-trade industry in Colorado, according to a nonprofit called Street’s Hope. Tonight the organization will shed some light on the global sex-trafficking industry with a screening of Tricked: The True Story of America’s Sex Industry at the Mayan Theatre. The documentary follows pimps, johns and victims, as well as the vice squads that work to end this human-rights travesty in several American cities, including Denver.

“A lot of the Denver community is quite honestly astounded when they hear that sex trafficking and the commercial sex industry is such a huge component in the Denver area,” says Nina Martinez, executive director of Street’s Hope, which provides a holistic approach to supporting and helping victims of the sex trade to heal and rebuild their lives. Working with more than two dozen women and girls each year, the group offers both residential and outreach treatment programs, therapeutic services, case management and everyday necessities to those who enter their program.

The organization is hoping that the film and a panel discussion with local law enforcement, victims’ advocates and a survivor of the industry will bring about a needed conversation on how to help combat sex trafficking — which Project Hope calls a “modern form of slavery.”

Tricked screens tonight at 7 p.m. at the Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway; tickets are $10.50 and must be purchased online. Ticket sales do not benefit the nonprofit, so a suggested donation of $10 will also be requested at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit streetshope.org.
Thu., March 6, 7 p.m., 2014

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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