REDLANDS -- More than 100 people attended the screening of a 45-minute documentary about child human trafficking created by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office Thursday night at the Kirkorian Theatre.

Created by DA's office spokesman, Chris Lee, the three-year project, Teenage $ex 4 $ale, looks at the problem of prostitution, specifically child prostitution in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

"Chris did an amazing job," said District Attorney Mike Ramos who said he waited to see the film until Thursday night so he could enjoy it with everyone else.

The documentary followed law enforcement officers, members of the California Against Sexual Exploitation of Minors or CASE taskforce and some of the women and girls themselves telling the story of human trafficking on the streets of San Bernardino County.

At one point, a woman who was not identified, revealed she had been a child prostitute. While at a CASE presentation and meeting she cried out, "Where was this when I was out there?"

Not only did the film document the problems with child sex trafficking but also showed how some are fighting back.

Pastor Paula Daniels with Forgotten Children, Inc. was able to open Rachel's House in San Bernardino in order to help the women and girls trying to get away from their abusing pimps.

"We will work to rid this type of crime in our county," said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon following the screening.

Several representatives from other agencies including Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and county schools were on hand and praised the film as necessary to open the eyes of residents and parents alike.


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A three-minute trailer for the film can be found at http://www.youtube.com/sbcountyda.


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