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Blank Slate Theatre and Interfaith Children’s Advocacy Network will present BOTTOM, an original play about human sex trafficking in Minnesota, on Sunday, January 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Grand Arbor Community Room in Alexandria. (Contributed)

Performance, discussion to raise sex trafficking awareness

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BOTTOM, an original play about human sex trafficking in Minnesota, will be presented on Sunday, January 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Grand Arbor Community Room in Alexandria.

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The play was written and is performed by Blank Slate Theatre in participation with the Interfaith Children’s Advocacy Network (iCAN),

Following the show, panel members will speak to the issue from the perspectives of advocacy, local efforts and faith in public life. The opportunity for informal conversation and refreshments will be available afterward.

BOTTOM tells the story of Amber Cregg, a woman who recently defected from a sex trafficking ring. She was granted immunity in exchange for information concerning the whereabouts of Coco, a child who remains trapped in the sex trade.

As Amber’s interrogation gets underway, the police officers leading the search for Coco raise questions about the nature of sex trafficking in Minnesota.

The FBI currently ranks Minnesota among the top 13 states for human trafficking of children.

iCAN and Blank Slate Theatre will present performances of BOTTOM and panel discussions throughout Minnesota in order to raise awareness about this issue.

BOTTOM is only appropriate for audience members ages 13 or older due to strong language and honest but disturbing content.

iCAN is a branch of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, a statewide interfaith advocacy organization that mobilizes Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities to influence public policy for the common good in Minnesota.

Blank Slate Theatre collaborates with young artists in producing and performing dramatic works that speak to issues relating to and impacting young people.

For more information, visit www.blankslatetheatre.com/bottom.html.

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