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Workshop Focuses on Local Sex Trade

Owen Sound | by Daryl Morris  

Sheatre aims to draw attention to sex-trade and train mentors to help victims


Bruce Power is helping to support a workshop in Owen Sound today that will train mentors about Canada's sex trade.

The local interactive-theatre group, Sheatre, has been involved in efforts over the past year or so to draw attention to Canada's sex-trade.

Sheatre has put on workshops in the past with the group SexTrade101, and its Founder Natasha Falle.

Now the two will team up again with support from Bruce Power for an intensive one-day workshop, that will educate mentors who will form a ReStart team.

The mentors will help vulnerable women and youth at risk of victimization, as well as those who have been exploited and enslaved by prostitution.

Sheatre's Joan Chandler says many people would be shocked to know that it does happen in Grey and Bruce counties, and with girls in their young teens.

The workshop will explore the impact of the sex trade on victims, at-risk youth, how "recruitment" happens, pimp violence and the costs and benefits of prostitution and prostitution laws.

It also focuses on how community engagement can support sex-trade survivors.

The all-day workshop runs at an undisclosed location.



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