Jane Doe in Wonderland
Play helps Soroptimist, police raise trafficking awareness
For the second straight year, Soroptimist International of Vacaville and the Vacaville Police Department are teaming up to inspire a frank discussion of sex trafficking in Solano County, this time showcasing a ground-breaking original stage performance titled, “Jane Doe in Wonderland.”
Written through the collaboration of Game Over, an anti-sex trafficking nonprofit organization founded by survivor/educator Elle Snow and MFA playwrights Grace Booth, Kate Tobie and Erin Johnston, the play draws parallels between the well-known story of Alice In Wonderland and how young women and men are lured into the world of sex trafficking.
Jane Doe is written for a middle school and high school audience in a manner that is neither violent nor explicit. It follows the most common case: that of a ‘Romeo Pimp’ targeting a rural high school girl by pretending to be her boyfriend before bringing her to an unfamiliar city and trafficking her. In addition to addressing the common ‘red flags’ of this type of trafficker, the play specifically addresses the most commonly asked question, “why don’t victims run?”
“When teenagers understand what a ‘pimp’ is, their likelihood of being trafficked drastically diminishes,” explained Snow. “Our hope is that by raising awareness amongst and educating this demographic we can prevent any more of our youth from becoming victims.”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre. A number of nonprofits and organizations will have informational tables in the lobby, including 3 Strands Global, Shared Hope International, Aldea Family and Children’s Services, Solano Community College Foster Kinship Program and the Vacaville Police Department. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the box office. Ordering online adds a $5 convenience fee per ticket.
The hour-long performance will be followed by a survivor “talk-back,” in which audience members can ask questions and learn directly from a survivor’s experience.
“My heart is with the youth. They have been exploited and are being trafficked all over the United States,” said Lisa Hilas, chairwoman of the Soroptimist Human Trafficking Awareness Committee and event organizer. “Our goal is to eradicate this exploitation. When our community comes together to educate and stand up to these traffickers, we will be well on our way to putting an end to the abuse of these children.”
For more information contact Hilas at firstname.lastname@example.org.