Human trafficking documentary comes to Charleston June 29-30

  • Monday, June 23, 2014

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When the Saints (WtS), an international nonprofit working to end the massive global problem of sexual exploitation and trafficking, is embarking on a 20-state cross-country “Close to Home” screening tour of their self-titled documentary “When the Saints.” The filmmaking team will be in Charleston June 29-30.

“When the Saints” documents the story of one man's mission to fight sexual exploitation in the heart of Malawi, Africa. With startling, eye-opening statistics such as those listed below, the filmmakers believe that change must start from within and are looking to America's churches to lead the way.

– Every two minutes, a girl is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. (average age is 13) - Unicef

– One percent of victims of trafficking are rescued. – United Nations

Thought provoking and universal, this film is a powerful tool to rally reflection and examination of mankind's role in exploitation. WtS founder and producer of this documentary believes “people's lives will be forever changed as a result of this film. Every interaction with the opposite sex will be forever impacted by what they see after they watch it. ... It is an honor and a privilege to be called to this important work of defending and speaking on behalf of those who are most vulnerable, oppressed and marginalized.”

The 20-state tour plans to host 60 screenings from June 15 to August 25 for congregations throughout the country. All screenings are free and open to the public.

In addition to viewing the film, screening events will include time for worship, sharing and prayer, response, and a Q and A period with When the Saints director and WtS founder, David Peterka.

The filmmakers are looking for host sites, partner groups and street teams to help spread their message. If you would like to book the film for your church or group, requests can be made online or by contacting WtS directly.

For more information, visit www.whenthesaints.com.

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