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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 …