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FIRST South Carolina Human Trafficking Conference Being Held at Coker College

September 15, 2013




Human Trafficking Conference, Coker College, Dottie Laster, The Cantinera Documentary, ImaginePublicity

On Friday, October 11 Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina will host the first conference about human trafficking, “Combatting Human Trafficking in South Carolina: Implications for Social Work and Law Enforcement” offering the public information as well as workshops, training and speakers for the benefit of educating law enforcement, social workers, advocates, and other professionals who work in the arena of human trafficking.

To register for the conference, go to For additional information, contact McClerklin-Motley at 843-383-8084 or .

Registration will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Stein Gallery of the Performing Arts Center. 



Speakers at the conference include:

The Keynote Speaker for the event is Dottie Laster of Laster Global Consulting and the Bernardo Kohler Center. Dottie Laster, Laster Global Consulting,Human Trafficking,ImaginePublicity

  • Rep. Nelson Hardwick, South Carolina
  • Luke F. Davis, Special Agent, FBI
  • Pippin Whitaker, University of South Carolina
  • Laura Carter, Tapestri International
  • Carla Damron, executive director of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
  •  Gloria Davis, family violence services coordinator for the Pee Dee Coalition
  • Anna Andoni, Human Trafficking Services case manager
  • Carmen Julius, executive director of the Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services
  • Patricia Ravenhorst, SCVIN
  • Professor Deb Breede, Coastal Carolina University
  • Betty Houbion, Advocate

Co-sponsors of the event include:

  • The South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Pee Dee Coalition
  • Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services
  • Betty Houbion, anti-human trafficking advocate and pioneer of the South Carolina anti-trafficking legislation and law.  In January, 2013 South Carolina introduced a new law against human trafficking which seeks to better support victims of trafficking with needed resources, and increases penalties for those convicted of trafficking in humans, including asset forfeiture.


The Cantinera Documentary Screening FREE for Public Viewing

Cantinera Documentary,Dottie Laster,ImaginePublicityOn Thursday, October 10, prior to the conference, there will be a public screening of The Cantinera Documentary, produced and directed by film maker Ruth Villatoro of Toro Films, and featuringDottie Laster and Cat French, an activist with Elijah Rising. Five years in the making, The Cantinera tells the story of girls who are forced to work in latin bars, or cantinas, throughout the United States, often forced to drink 20-40 beers a night, 7 days a week. It’s a story often overlooked when studying aspects of human trafficking and forced labor, yet it’s an account of thousands of women who are caught in its web with no way out.

Through the story of three women, the film navigates through the virtually unheard of subject from the perspective of a cantinera, an advocate and a vigilante. Go first hand into the cantinas while rescuers search for victims and women take a stand against one of the most powerful crime organizations….Ruth Villatoro, Director Statement

Following the screening of The Cantinera Documentary in the Davidson Hall Auditorium, there will be a panel discussion and public question and answer period led by Dottie Laster. Admission is FREE to the public.

To register for the conference, go to For additional information, contact McClerklin-Motley at 843-383-8084 or .

 FIRST South Carolina Human Trafficking Conference Being Held at Coker College


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