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Harrisburg, PA, United States, 2018/02/02 - The full-length thriller “Relentless” was shown to State Legislators at a private screening in the Capitol as part of National Anti-Human Trafficking Month and the call for the speedy passage of Senate Bill 554, anti-human trafficking legislation.
WHAT: State legislators and filmmakers joined together for a historic screening of Relentless, a dramatic film inspired by true events about human trafficking
WHERE: The Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
About Pennsylvania National Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Senator Bartolotta appeared before the Senate on Tuesday, January 31, 2018 to report that 117 cases of Human Trafficking were reported in Pennsylvania in 2017. Senator Bartolotta presented a resolution to make January National Human Trafficking Awareness month in Pennsylvania. She thanked her colleagues for their work in helping pass stricter laws and for their work to draw awareness to this problem and to help stop human trafficking.
Holly Drew (Lauren Shaw) owns “Drew’s Brews,” a coffee roaster on the Oregon coast. Since childhood, she has traveled with her father to the farm of their Salvadorian coffee suppliers they’re like family. Holly’s daughter Ally (16) takes a pre-college course, spending the summer on the farm studying ways they can become more financially and environmentally efficient.
One night, Ally is violently kidnapped from the farm. Holly immediately travels to San Salvador and with the help of an “unconventional” local, Fern (David Castro), she unearths a dark human trafficking ring, linking Central American victims to a U.S. market. While they race across Central America and Mexico via “The Train of Death,” they struggle to get Holly’s daughter back before she vanishes forever. Inspired by true events.
About Lance Tracy
Seattle-Native, LA-Based Lance Tracy is a veteran commercial and documentary writer/director. “Relentless” is his first narrative feature.
Often working with NBC/Universal and CBS Interactive, Tracy has helped to brand the Sochi and London Olympics as well as the CBS streaming service,"CBS All Access". He got his start working 5 years as an in-house dramatic films director, making short films such as “The Cross” & “The Prodigal Daughter”. With distribution in 155 countries and 15 languages, he was sensitized to an international audience while earning 12 writing and directing awards. He has directed projects in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Cambodia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico City, Belize, Honduras, Moscow, St. Petersburg and the U.S.
About Abolish Slavery Coalition
Dawn Adams of Abolish Slavery Coalition was present at the event to speak about human trafficking and to answer questions as well as give the statistics on human trafficking both state-wide and nationally. Abolish Slavery is a human rights agency that engages in the 3 Ps: Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution. They have formed multiple task forces to prevent human trafficking, to protect victims of human trafficking, and prosecute the criminals, so these survivors can safely transition out of slavery and live a free life. Over 95% of the funds raised are used to help and rescue survivors as most of the organization's employees are volunteers.