"Very Young Girls" documentary screening

very young girls documentary

In advance of Rachel Lloyd's lecture on April 5, view & discuss this documentary about commercial sexual exploitation that she co-produced in 2007

Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
5:45 PM - 9:00 PM



FREE and open to the public. Registration requested for planning purposes.


Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University

"Very Young Girls is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women."  You can view the trailer on the GEMS website here»

5:45 - 6:15 dinner (free)

6:30 - 8:00 movie screening

8:00 - 9:00 Q&A, action discussion, and networking

Discuss the gravity of the issue; ways to end sexual exploitation and empower young girls; and start thinking about concrete ways to take action on this important social justice issue.

The St. Catherine University Bonnie Jean Kelly & Joan Kelly Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture on April 5:

A World For Girls: Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Social Justice

Rachel Lloyd is a distinguished and honored public speaker and anti-sex trafficking advocate. Ms. Lloyd, a survivor of trafficking, helped pass New York's Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Act of 2008. She authored Girls Like Us (Harper Collins 2011), co-produced the documentary Very Young Girls, spoke before the United Nations and Congress, and founded the non-profit Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), a child sex-trafficking advocacy organization in New York City.

Her public lecture will address the global and local concerns of sex trafficking as well as personal experience and action plans.


All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.

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