A sneak peek of a Penn State faculty member’s feature film, a panel discussion coordinated by the Penn State College of Nursing about children at risk, and a performance by a musician with Pennsylvania roots are part of an important evening focusing on the topic of commercial sex trafficking and its victims Nov. 16 at the State Theatre in State College.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with preview of the film “The Turn Out.” The film, based on the testimony of sex-trafficking survivors, anti-trafficking activists and truckers, is a fictionalized narrative about a trucker who must decide if he will stand up against trafficking. Some of the truckers and survivors are featured in the film, which was directed by Pearl Gluck, an assistant professor of film-video in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.
According to FBI data, the average age of commercial sex-trafficking victims recovered from this year’s anti-trafficking operation is 15. Experts such as Bradley Myles, CEO of the Polaris Project, which launched a human-trafficking hotline, say traffickers often prey on those with a trauma in their childhood history.
Gluck also wrote the film — her first feature-length fiction effort. She reached out to local recording artist Chris Rattie to compose the music for the film.