Friday, January 19, 2018
Public safety

Big turnout at Tampa Theatre for human trafficking documentary

TAMPA — A line stretched down the block shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday as more than 1,400 people filed into the Tampa Theatre to watch a local documentary on human trafficking.

Too Close To Home details the brutal reality of human trafficking in the Tampa Bay area. A collaborative between WEDU, the Allegany Franciscan Ministries and the Junior League of Tampa, the 30-minute documentary seeks to bring awareness to the area and help people identify signs of human trafficking.

The downtown theater, which is also a sponsor, was filled to capacity, and about 200 people were still on the waiting list, WEDU spokeswoman Allison Hedrick said.

"The only way we're going to fight this is through social awareness," producer Kristine Kelly said. "Even if you're just one person, you can help spread the word."

Too Close To Home airs at 9 p.m. Sept. 26 on WEDU-Ch. 3. A companion piece, Too Close to Home: A Roundtable Discussion, follows at 9:30 p.m. and delves further into efforts to help human trafficking victims in the Tampa Bay region.

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