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Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

The Cantinera Documentary Available for Public Screening

The Cantinera Documentary, produced and directed by film maker Ruth Villatoro of Toro Films, is now available for public screening. 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. As seen in the documentary, filmed in the Houston, Texas area, the cantina is often the hub, set up as legitimate businesses, but used as the place where the clients meet the prostitutes who are constantly monitored. Customarily any sex acts are performed in a nearby house, motel, or building away from the cantina itself, absolving the cantina of any wrongdoing or crime. Victims are often enslaved in nearby brothels where all transportation is done by the trafficker, leaving no way to freely go about …

Cantinera Documentary, Ruth Villatoro, Dottie Laster, ImaginePublicity

The Cantinera Documentary Screening in Florence, South Carolina

South Carolina is working to improve it’s stand against human trafficking by educating local communities about the various ways it exists within the state. Traffficking in humans is not only seen in the sex trade, but forced labor in transient industries, anything which constitutes “force, fraud, or coercion” against another human being. The Florence Baptist Association Task Force is sponsoring a screening of The Cantinera documentary on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7pm Eastern time at the Julia Theater, 1110 S. Irby Street in Florence, South Carolina. The film screening is free and open to the public. One of the local organizations which provides safe houses and assistance for women and children, the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, will be represented and accepting donations to continue their valuable cooperation in the human trafficking field. The purpose of the gathering and film screening is to raise awareness within the community and reach out to other faith based groups in the area, recruit additional community leaders, and secure funding to do even more in the …

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

The Cantinera Documentary

CantineraDocumentary.Com 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. Human trafficking is one of the largest money making crimes in the US and globally. Feeding on vulnerable women, men and children in a variety of industries, it’s web is reaching far into every city and town, even YOUR neighborhood. While most traffickers find their easiest victims …