San Diego students create play about human trafficking

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Today was the culmination of months of hard work for some students at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Teenagers created and produced a play about human trafficking for their peers.

Why? Because more and more children are being lured into what’s being described as modern-day slavery.

KUSI News Elizabeth Alvarez has the details.

It’s called Tapped. A simple yet powerful play put on by students at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. It’s about a very dark and dangerous crime that is rampant in San Diego.

“The Department of Justice and the (San Diego Human Trafficking) Task Force approach us and said ‘we have a need. We’re finding that younger children are being pulled into human trafficking rings.'” Said Roxane Carraso, SCPA Teacher.

“They wanted us to help them create a play for awareness, a softer way to explain to younger children how this happens and how to avoid making this happen.”

MaeLin Janus, student production lead explains the story is about a girl Sage and a boy named Dylan. “He makes her feel safe then things start getting pretty dark. It goes from Instagram to text messaging to exchanging pictures and they start FaceTiming it gets really involved fast.”

Students worked with a professional play right to create a play based on the eight stages of what happens in the human trafficking world.

Trapped was created and produced by students for students.

It was the vision of the San Diego human trafficking task force.

The students involved in the production all went through a seminar to learn about the problem.

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