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'I Am Little Red' Teaches Kids about Trafficking

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An animated film is taking a new angle on the story of Little Red Riding Hood in hopes of reaching children who are vulnerable to sex trafficking.

“I Am Little Red” is a 10-minute animated film is aimed at children most at-risk for sex trafficking (i.e. foster-care, runaways, LBGTQ, homeless, and adopted children).

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The film aims to educate kids about the tactics the “Big Bad Wolf” — a trafficker — tries to use to take advantage of Little Red.

New Castle News reports:

The film was created especially for middle school students (ages 11-17, grades 7-12). It is a primary prevention tool aimed at reducing the risk of commercial sexual exploitation among children.

“I Am Little Red” is narrated by Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (English) and Aislinn Derbez (Spanish), animated by Academy Award winners Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala from Punkrobot, and written by 10 survivors of sex trafficking (aged 14- to 21) along with Alec Sokolow (Academy Award nominated writer of “Toy Story”) and Mary Mazzio (director/producer of “I Am Jane Doe.”)

The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County in Pennsylvania is holding a screening of the film as January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Organizers say they hope the screening will educate both children and adults about how to recognize cases of human trafficking and learn what they can do to help.

The shelter will hold an interactive screening on January 11 at the Krav Defense & Fitness Academy and is open to parents, guardians, grandparents, professionals, teachers, school personnel, concerned citizens and youth age 12 and up.

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1 year ago

We work with businesses that are employing survivors of trafficking and exploitation, as well as those that would be vulnerable. I’m grateful to see more work being done!

Mary Samara-Wickrama

Why should adopted children be included among the most vulnerable? What evidence is there that they are more likely than born children to be trafficked? My children (now adult)and teenage grandchildren by adoption and birth were/are cared for and loved equally by their parents This seems a piece of anti-adoption propaganda which sometimes occurs.