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Houston Screening of The Cantinera Documentary at Awareness and Fundraising Event

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Houston, Texas hosts a human trafficking awareness and fundraising event at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, 10503 Westheimer Rd., Room 127 from 7-10pm Central time. Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition is sponsoring the event which is aimed at raising awareness to the community and funds for rescued victims of trafficking. The Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC) is a dedicated coalition of Houston-area non-profits, faith-based organizations, government agencies and law enforcement agencies.  The HRRC was established as a volunteer coalition in 2005 in response to the growing recognition and alarm over the prevalence of human trafficking in the Greater Houston Metropolitan region. One of the highlights of the event is the screening of the Houston based documentary, The Cantinera, produced and directed by Ruth Villatoro of Toros Films. After the screening Ruth Villatoro will participate in a town hall interactive discussion about the film and how it’s brought attention to the plight of the “cantina girls” working night after night in Latin bars, not only in Houston, but …

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The Cantinera Documentary Screening at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas is hosting a screening of The Cantinera Documentary,  7pm at Ragsdale Center, Jones Auditorium, 3001 S. Congress. After the screening there will be a panel discussion and interactive session with director Ruth Villatoro and one of the nation’s leading anti-human trafficking activists featured in the film, Dottie Laster of Laster Global Consulting. 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 Cantinera relates the raw story of one woman who was forced by her mother to drink with men in latin bars when she was thirteen years old. Twenty-three years later, she is still drinking thirty beers a night, five nights a week, but …

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The Cantinera Documentary’s First South Carolina Screening

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 …

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Dottie Laster Keynotes at FIRST South Carolina Human Trafficking Conference at Coker College

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. To register for the conference, go to www.cokercollege.whindo.com. For additional information, contact McClerklin-Motley at 843-383-8084 or smotley@coker.edu . Registration will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Stein Gallery of the Performing Arts Center.  Human Trafficking Expert Dottie Laster Keynotes Conference The Keynote Speaker for the event is Dottie Laster of Laster Global Consulting and the Bernardo Kohler Center.  Dottie Laster is a nationally recognized expert in the field of human trafficking. She has been trained by the Department of Justice to train law enforcement on human trafficking. She has been the architect and leader of human trafficking task forces and coalitions in many cities in Texas and California. In her career she has been directly …

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Dottie Laster, Ruth Villatoro and The Cantinera on Margaret McLean’s It’s A Crime Radio

To listen LIVE at 12-2 Pacific, 3-5 Eastern CLICK HERE The Cantinera exposes a niche of human trafficking in the United States where latin women drink and prostitute themselves for a living in latin bars or cantinas by means of force, fraud or coercion. 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. The film travels into the cantinas where women drink up to 40 beers a night, five nights a week.  An upclose look identifies the strategies of traffickers who stage their operations so the victims look like the perpetrators and the cantina a legitimate business. The Cantinera tells the story of hope in the midst of modern-day slavery as the women confront enslavement, addiction and second chances. Documentary producer, Ruth Villatoro‘s film took many turns in the five years it took to put it all together. Setting out to tell the story of a cantina girl who drank for a living in Latin bars, she unexpectedly ran into the vast …