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Saturday: 'The Price of Sex'

 

Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova and State Assembly candidate Sally Lieber present "The Price of Sex," an award-winning documentary on sex trafficking, at Kepler's bookstore at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Featuring Eastern European women tricked into slavery, the film depicts their struggles to survive through interviews that Ms. Chakarova spent seven years conducting.

"If I had stayed in the country where I was born, I probably would have been one of them," Ms. Chakarova, a Bulgarian native, said in a press release. "These girls risk everything because they want a better life."

A discussion with both the director and Assembly candidate will follow the screening. According to a press release, Ms. Lieber sees increasing the visibility of trafficking as essential to fighting sexual exploitation internationally and locally.

"We have a responsibility to fight for youth who are abused through prostitution every day in the Bay Area," she said. "It's only when we understand how traffickers operate that we can effectively disrupt their ability to thrive in our communities."

Go here to view clips from the film. The show starts at 2 p.m.; doors open a half hour earlier. Admission is free.

— Sandy Brundage

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