According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprises, and to address this growing concern, Bossier Parish Community College will hold a public screening of the feature film, 8 Days, at 12:30 pm (for campus) and 6:30 pm (for public) on Tuesday, February 23, in the College’s Performing Arts, Theater (Building C), 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The film, which takes viewers into the world of sex trafficking, was inspired by actual events and based on Amber Stevens, a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped from a party and forced into slavery.
BPCC’s Vice Chancellor of Student Services Karen Recchia brought the idea to show the film on the College’s campus. “There have been federal mandates put into place at the higher education level in order to help educate and protect students from sexual violence,” says Recchia. “The film was chosen because it was inspired by actual events. We want to show the community as well as our students, faculty, and staff that human trafficking involves real threats and is actively present in our community.”
In addition to the screening, a panel of local advocates will be on hand to discuss the film and give accounts of how they are working to stop human trafficking and aid victims. Panelists include: Cassie Hammett, HUB Urban Ministries and Purchased; Chris Plants, FBI; and Jessica Milan, Gingerbread House.
The film has close Northwest Louisiana ties. 8 Days stars Katie Walker, a Shreveport native and graduate of Louisiana State University. Katie is married to Todd Walker, former Major League Baseball player and Bossier City native, who will also serve on the discussion panel.
The 6:30 pm screening is free and open to the public; however, the audience is intended for viewers ages 13 and older. Seating is limited, so please reserve seats by calling 318-678-6265.