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Documentary about child sex trafficking to premiere in Phoenix area

PHOENIX — A new documentary that will tell the stories of teenagers who were victims of child sex trafficking is set to be shown at a Phoenix-area movie theater on Tuesday.

I Am Jane Doe” tells the stories of teenagers who were sold as sex trafficking victims through Backpage.com, a classifieds website which is now the subject of several lawsuits filed by the teenagers’ mothers.

The documentary was brought to the Valley with the help of Cindy McCain, who co-chairs the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.

“What we want people to know is that the sale of children online for sex is illegal, but it is still happening,” McCain said.

McCain said the film, which is narrated by Jessica Chastain and directed by Mary Mazzio, “was too important for Arizona not to see.”

The documentary will be shown at the Harkins Camelview 14 theater in Scottsdale at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and will be followed by a panel discussion. Additional showings of the film will take place starting Friday through next Thursday.

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