Huron, Ohio – At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 in the Cedar Point Center Conference Center, BGSU Firelands will host a special screening of  “The SOLD Project:  Thailand,” a series of short films documenting the reality of children living in a world of prostitution. Tracy McGinley, lecturer and advisor to the Criminal Justice Club, will discuss the global issue of child prostitution and trafficking. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in our world today.  The majority of its victims are children, particularly those children found in poverty, with a lack of education, facing migration issues or left without families. Thailand is a significant source, destination and transit country in the trafficking of children for sexual purposes.  Its status as the sex tourism capital of the world was built with major help from the U.S. Department of Defense during the Vietnam War.

The SOLD Project is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering individuals to stop child prostitution before it begins. The SOLD Project is both a film and a movement.  The film is the organization’s tool to share the stories of trafficked children and to empower people to respond.

In the summer of 2007, Rachel Sparks, founder of the SOLD Project, and a group of 20-somethings traveled throughout Thailand with a common mission:  to expose the plight of children trapped by prostitution.  A second trip in 2008 expanded the research and initial findings and took the stories even further.  Having documented their findings through the lens of a camera, these 20-somethings recently returned to tell this much-needed story and inspire their generation to help stop it before it begins.

For more information about The SOLD Project and efforts to stop child sex trafficking, visit

This event is sponsored by the BGSU Firelands Criminal Justice Club.


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