San Bernardino Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation announced plans to host a series of events over the coming week to bring attention to the crimes of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

The coalition, also known as CASE, includes representatives of San Bernardino County law enforcement and human services agencies and private sector organizations.

"Human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children are often thought of as only taking place in foreign countries, but it's happening here and we're all responsible for educating ourselves and our friends and families about the realities of trafficking in our own neighborhoods and communities," CASE Coordinator, Anne-Michelle Ellis said in a statement.

The first Freedom Week event is scheduled to be a candlelight vigil beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Forgotten Children Drop-In Center, 1550 N. D St., San Bernardino.

The film "Sex & Money: A National Search for Human Worth," is scheduled to be shown at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Loma Linda University's Councilors Student Pavilion, 11139 Anderson St., Loma Linda.

Attorney and runaway advocate Carissa Phelps is scheduled to present a documentary about her own experiences as a victim of sex trafficking at an event scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Steelworkers' Auditorium at 8437 Sierra Ave., Fontana.

The final scheduled Freedom Week event will an Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Walk beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Children's Network, 825 E. Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino.

For more information, contact Ellis at 909-383-9677 or email her at anne-michelle.ellis@hss.sbcounty.gov.