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April 18: Child Abuse Prevention Month marked with documentary, panel discussion

Monday, April 18, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—Uncovering America's child sex trade will be the topic of a documentary and panel discussion April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

The event marks Child Abuse Prevention Month, designated by federal legislation in 1983.

The documentary, "Playground," traces the growing commercial industry of sexual exploitation of children in the United States. The investigation raises issues ranging from the way we educate children about sex to the problems in raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown to the public.

"Playground" was written and directed by Libby Spears, and was executively produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Steven Soderbergh.

Panelists will include Christine Fantacone, legislative and policy analyst for End Child Prostitution, Child Pornorgraphy, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes-USA; Laura Lederer, president of the Global Centurion, a nongovernmental organization that works to end human trafficking by focusing on the demand side; and Lisa L. Thompson, liaison for the Abolition of Human Trafficking for Salvation Army, Inc.

The event is sponsored by the Hood College Career Center and Office of Service Learning, the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County and the Friends of the Child Advocacy Center.

CEUs will be offered. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dana Davenport, student project coordinator, at, or Yvette Webster, community service coordinator, at, or call (301) 696-3583.