League of Women Voters sponsoring film, discussion Nov. 17 on Snohomish County sex trafficking

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updatedvimeoscreentlnflatThe League of Women Voters of Snohomish County has arranged a special screening of the award-winning documentary, The Long Night, at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, 8109 224th St. S.W. in Edmonds on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Set in Seattle, The Long Night explores the crisis of minors who are coerced into the American sex trade. The film, by Tim Matsui, weaves the stories of seven individuals whose lives have been affected.

Sheriff’s Department detective Joan Gwordske will review sex trafficking problems in Snohomish County. Elysa Hovard, the Outreach Director for Cocoon House, will talk about how counselors work with victims and potential victims, especially among homeless youth. Possible responses in Snohomish County will be discussed, including time for questions and answers for the audience.

The special event screening is open to the public and free of charge. The evening is made possible by a grant from Verdant Health and is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Edmonds SnoKing branch, and by Cocoon House.

The film has won both national and international accolades, including World Press Photo’s prize for Long Feature, the National Press Photographers Association’s 1st place for Best Use of Multimedia, and the Pictures of the Year International Documentary Project of the Year. The trailer can be seen here.

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