Ruth Villatoro, The Cantinera Documentary
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The Cantinera Documentary’s First South Carolina Screening

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

On Thursday, October 10, Coker College in Hartsville, SC will sponsor a FREE public screening of The Cantinera Documentary, produced and directed by film maker Ruth Villatoro of Toro Films, and featuring Dottie Laster and Cat French, an activist with Elijah Rising. Five years in the making, The Cantinera tells the story of girls who are forced to work in latin bars, or cantinas, throughout the United States, often forced to drink 20-40 beers a night, 7 days a week. It’s a story often overlooked when studying aspects of human trafficking and forced labor, yet it’s an account of thousands of women who are caught in its web with no way out.

The screening of The Cantinera is the prelude to the first South Carolina conference on human trafficking.

On Friday, October 11 Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina will host the first conference about human trafficking, “Combatting Human Trafficking in South Carolina: Implications for Social Work and Law Enforcement” offering the public information as well as workshops, training and speakers for the benefit of educating law enforcement, social workers, advocates, and other professionals who work in the arena of human trafficking.

Following the screening of The Cantinera Documentary in the Davidson Hall Auditorium, there will be a panel discussion and public question and answer period led by Dottie Laster.

Admission is FREE to the public.

To register for the conference, go to For additional information, contact McClerklin-Motley at 843-383-8084 or .

Cantinera Documentary, ImaginePublicity

Through the story of three women, the film navigates through the virtually unheard of subject from the perspective of a cantinera, an advocate and a vigilante. Go first hand into the cantinas while rescuers search for victims and women take a stand against one of the most powerful crime organizations….Ruth Villatoro, Director Statement

For details on how to bring The Cantinera Documentary to your community and request a screening, please visit the website CantineraDocumentary.Com or contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-0859, email:

The Cantinera Documentary’s First South Carolina Screening

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