Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016: Utilizing Art to Explain the Topsy-Turvy, Mixed-Up, Very Bad World of Sex Trafficking: Host Emma Breacain Speaks with Dell’Arte Theatre School Students Erin Johnston, Kate Tobie and Grace Booth about ”Jane Doe In Wonderland.”

dell arte 1Sex trafficking is bad. And it’s on the rise. It’s allowed to thrive because most of us know so little about it. We’re not looking for it, so we don’t see it, so how will we ever stop it? Enter the students of Dell‘Arte International School of Physical Theatre, they’re making a heartwarming, life affirming little production about the nightmarish underworld of sex trafficking in the U.S.A. It’s called “Jane Doe In Wonderland.”

Here is your trigger warning! As you have no doubt intuited, this is a terribly upsetting show and blog. If you find your emotions becoming difficult, It’s Game Over, Inc. has provided many online resources for you to get help and support and answers about human trafficking, at the bottom of this article. Please avail yourself if you feel the need

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number is 888-373-7888.

On April 11th and April 18th, Through The Eyes Of Women spoke with local sex trafficking survivor and educator Elle Snow about her experience being trafficked as a teen in California, and about her organization Game Over, which educates law enforcement and the public at large about how the human trafficking “Game” works.

Game Over was the organization selected to collaborate on an educational performance project spearheaded by Kate Tobie, Erin Johnston and Grace Booth, students of the renowned Dell’Arte School Of Physical Theater in Blue Lake California. Here, the student producer/writers share their experiences going through Game Over’s training and education with their cast, getting inside the head of the victim/survivor, and using art to explain how an intelligent person can find themselves trapped, and to answer the question “why don’t they just leave?”

“Jane Doe In Wonderland” seeks to feed us this devastating information in easy-to-digest doses, with plenty of buttercream frosting, using Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass as the framework to help the audience grasp the surreality of the human trafficking world. Johnston, Booth and Tobie spent weeks sequestered, writing, and practicing self care from secondhand trauma while exploring these darkest parts of human behavior, packaging the message in a way that won’t send us running out of the theater before it’s over.
After two well received local debut performances, “Jane Doe In Wonderland” is currently working toward a wider audience, preparing itself to potentially tour schools and community education programs nationwide.

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To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link:TTEOW Emma Dell Arte on sex trafficking 5-2-16

For more information about Jane Doe In Wonderland, visit:

Here is Game Over:

And here are some recommended resources for help, provided by Elle Snow:

To report Human Trafficking or to speak to an advocate call:

Call 911 in an emergency

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline

1 (888) 373-­7888 or text BE FREE

To speak to a local advocate:

North Coast Rape Crisis Team:

707­ 465-­2851 ­­ Del Norte County

707­ 445-­2881 ­­ Humboldt County

Domestic Violence:

707­ 443­-6042 ­­ Humboldt Domestic Violence Services

707 ­465­-3013 ­­ Del Norte County ­ Rural Human Resources ­ Harmony House

To speak to local law enforcement:

Call 911 in an Emergency

707 ­441-­4060 ­­ Eureka Police Department

707 ­464-­2133 ­­ Del Norte Police Department

Humboldt County Sheriff Department:

707­ 268-­2539 ­­ Anonymous Tip Line

707­ 445-­7251 ­­ Eureka

707 ­923-­2761 ­­ Garberville

707 ­839-­6600 ­­ McKinleyville

707 ­464-­4191 ­­ Del Norte Sheriff Department

Anti­ Human Trafficking Organizations:

Polaris Project:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center:

Shared Hope International:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

Rebecca Bender Ministries:

Girls Education and Mentoring Services:


Prostitution Research:

Homeland Security:­trafficking

Survivor Testimony:

Rebecca Bender:

Rachel Lloyd – Ted Talks:

Rachel Lloyd – The Making of a Girl:

Holly Austin Smith:

Suggested Documentaries:



Very Young Girls:


Half the Sky:

Suggested Books:

The Survivors Guide to Leaving ­­ Sheila White with Rachel Lloyd



Girls Like Us ­­ Rachel Lloyd


Roadmap to Redemption ­­ Rebecca Bender­to­redemption

Holly Austin Smith – Walking Prey­story/

Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children ­­ Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma­lacy/

The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking ­­ Mary Frances Bowley

Paid for: My Journey Through Prostitution ­­ Rachel Moran­My­Journey­Through-Prostitution/dp/0717156028

And still more links from Elle to broaden your understanding.

Any questions?

Game over.

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