Innocent victims at risk

THEATRE: Canadian play based on real-life human trafficking event

By JOE BELANGER, THE LONDON FREE PRESS

Last Updated: July 10, 2012 6:59pm

Number 18 (Evelyn Chew) is constantly intimidated by her Pimp (Carl Kennedy) in She Has A Name, on Thursday and Friday at Aeolian Hall. (KELSEY KROGMAN, Special to QMI Agency)
Number 18 (Evelyn Chew) is constantly intimidated by her Pimp (Carl Kennedy) in She Has A Name, on Thursday and Friday at Aeolian Hall. (KELSEY KROGMAN, Special to QMI Agency)

A critically acclaimed, provocative Canadian play about human trafficking is making a stop in London on a nationwide tour.

She Has A Name, written by Andrew Kooman and directed by Stephen Waldschmidt will be performed at Aeolian Hall Thursday and Friday.

The show is presented by Burnt Thicket Theatre in partnership with Raise Their Voice. A London stop was added due to public demand, said Neil Bousquet, media relations manager for Burnt Thicket.

The play has performed before sold-out audiences in Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax and the tour is headed west again.

She Has a Name is a powerful piece of theatre that both thrilled and inspired audiences during our successful world premiere,” said director Stephen Waldschmidt in a press release. “We look forward to bringing this timely story to thousands more Canadians from Halifax to Victoria.”

The play tells the story about Jason, a Canadian investigator who poses as a ‘john’ to build a legal case against a brothel trafficking girls into Bangkok. He has to win the trust of a young prostitute, known only as Number 18, and convince her to risk her life to testify.

She Has A Name will open the eyes of Canadians to the reality that there are millions of innocent victims in the world today who live in these brutal conditions,” said Mark Wollenberg, the Western Canadian representative of International Justice Mission Canada, an agency that works overseas to secure justice for victims of human trafficking, in a press release.

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