Utah's AG joins SUU for conversation on domestic human trafficking

Published: February 02, 2016 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Utah Attorney General joins SUU for conversation on domestic human traffickingUtah Attorney General Sean Reyes will be joining bestselling author Sam Brower during the third Convocation of the 2016 spring semester on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the SUU Gilbert Great Hall. Together they will discuss the grave topic of domestic human trafficking from a criminal justice and state jurisdiction perspective.

Co-sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series, the event will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with a special film screening of Prophet’s Prey, a documentary based on Brower’s seven-year investigation of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m. A candid conversation on domestic human trafficking – moderated by Professor Douglas Bennett, chair of the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department – will start at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

“It is an honor to participate in the Southern Utah University convocation discussion and film screening with my friend Sam Brower, the author of Prophet’s Prey,” said Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. “For those who have left or were forced out of the FLDS community, this type of public awareness is key and I hope will inspire them to work with us in preventing any further abuses or discriminatory action by FLDS leaders in Short Creek.”

An accomplished and nationally recognized legal authority, General Reyes has tirelessly worked to uphold the law and restore public trust in the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Reyes brings powerful perspective to the issue of human trafficking, having personally participated in, according to his website, “a rescue mission with Tim Ballard, the founder of OURrescue.org, to Colombia that saved over 100 young girls from child sex slavery.” On top of a career rife with high distinction, from academic honors at Brigham Young University and U.C. Berkeley School of Law to numerous professional accolades, Reyes is a devoted husband and father of six children.

A longtime resident of Cedar City, Sam Brower’s experience as a private investigator would serve him well during his exhaustive seven-year investigation of Warren Jeffs and the FLDS Church. His efforts largely contributed to Jeffs’ eventual arrest, conviction, and life sentence. Brower’s New York Times bestseller, Prophet’s Prey, reflects years of undaunted inquiry and sheds shocking light on the dark lengths to which one man went to assume and exert influence over his followers. The documentary inspired by Brower’s provocative book is directed by Oscar nominee Amy Berg and produced by Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, with acclaimed author Jon Krakauer also lending big support to the project.  

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