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My Dangerous Loverboy Update

Posted by Virginia Heath 12-04-10Comments 0

The ‘My Dangerous Loverboy’ (MDL) film was commissioned by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre with the aim of raising awareness of the issue of internal sex trafficking of young people within the UK.  Since its completion, the film has been screened in the Home Office for the minister, Alan Campbell, and to the respective heads of relevant government departments.  The MDL dvd is cited in the ‘Home Office Action Plan On Tackling Human Trafficking’, published in October 2009 as a training and educational resource for police, schools and practitioners.  The film has also been screened in the Office of Criminal Justice Reform and is supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

The film was showcased at the Sexual Exploitation and Internal Trafficking Resources launch event on 8th October at the Showroom in Sheffield to an audience of social workers, police, teachers and youth workers and elicited an extremely positive response. The film has since been extensively piloted in schools across Sheffield by Rachel Reynolds and her team at Taking Stock and in regional police forces and the positive feedback has informed the creation of training and educational packs to accompany the film’s distribution. 

The MDL film had its European launch screening at an event for European Government and British Embassy representatives in Brussels on 10th December 2009 under the discussion title – ‘Trafficking and re-trafficking of people across Europe’.  The Dutch are particularly interested in the issue of internal sex trafficking which is an issue that is now having an impact all across Europe as well as in Canada, the US and beyond.

The film had its international festival premiere screening at the Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Canada , Sept 09 in the strand, ‘The kids aren’t alright.’ 

The film now has an educational pack to accompany its distribution into schools and will be disseminated widely, supported by both governmental and non governmental organisations.

‘My Dangerous Loverboy’  was screening as part of a season of films by women directors including Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow called ‘Breaking The Celluloid Ceiling’. The film was screened on Friday 9th & Sat 10th of April with ‘In The Cut’ by Jane Campion at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield.

The cross platform campaign aimed at reaching teenagers is growing through our youtube channel, Facebook fan page, and a creative project involving young artists on the Deviant Art social networking site.

This post was written in responce to an email from 

National working group for sexually exploited children and young people

University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3JU

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