All posts tagged: The Cantinera

Project Redlight, Dottie Laster, Human Trafficking

Dottie Laster Filming Project Red Light Reality Show about Human Trafficking

Filming has begun in Houston, Texas for Dottie Laster’s new reality show on human trafficking,  titled Project Red Light. A red light symbolizes “stop” and that’s what the show is about, stopping human trafficking on its own turf. Dottie Laster and her film crew, including a security detail and body guards for her and her team went into the belly of the beast to attempt to rescue girls from the sex trafficking trade. Dottie Laster has been involved in the rescue and restoration of over 200 victims in her career as an advocate, but rarely has the opportunity for security or body guards to accompany her. She was overcome with emotion when she realized that she didn’t have to be as vigilant for her own safety and could concentrate on getting to the victims and assisting them safely, a very risky business. Laster and her team often make trips to bars and cantinas where known traffickers are prostituting their victims. Able to recognize who the victims are she’s able to make contact, talk to them, …

Dottie Laster Appearing at University of Texas, San Antonio for Women’s History Month

One of the major events on the campus of the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) each year is March Women’s History Month and 2013 is no exception. The month long series of events and lectures will feature “TRAFFICKED” led by Dottie Laster, CEO of Laster Global Inc. and UTSA Alumni on Friday, March 22 at 2pm in the Harris Room, UC2.212. Dottie Laster will present on the issue of human trafficking in the United States and will discuss current statistics and the industries in which these individuals of modern day slavery are subjected. An advocate for awareness of human trafficking, she will answer questions regarding the theory of intersectionality, social phenomena, gender inequality, class opportunity, global situation, and youth exploitation. ….(UTSA complete schedule of events.)   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 …

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicity

The Cantinera Private Screening at Sam Houston State

  The Student Health Center at Sam Houston State University will welcome Ruth Villatoro, producer of The Cantinera Documentary, and Dottie Laster, a victim advocate, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to discuss the film. The film screening and discussion will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium. 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, …