call + response
Since several of my friends work on human trafficking issues (including Sandy, who works with sexually exploited children in Miami and who tells some incredible stories on her work blog), I've learned a lot more about this issue of late. All that can be said is that it's horrible, and people are forced into slavery right under our noses. Victims of human trafficking are in our restaurants, our factories, and our neighborhoods. Here are just a few of the facts about human trafficking:
- An estimated 27 million people worldwide are enslaved or forced into labor against their will.
- Over 1 million children enter the sex trade every year.
- Every ten minutes, a woman or child is trafficked into the U.S. for forced labor.
More facts about human trafficking are available from CAST, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.
Can we really stand by while things like this happen to innocent people? That's just one of the reasons I'm going to see Call and Response, a new rockumentary featuring lots of music alongside the facts about human trafficking. If you live in Austin, the film premieres this Thursday night at the Dobie Theater; check the website above if you live elsewhere. The film's producers need about 10,000 people to see the film now so they can get a distribution deal, so the more of us who can go soon, the more others will have the chance to learn about this crisis.
In Austin, the 7pm show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 9pm screening. I'll be at the 7 o'clock show and will probably hang around a little bit to chat afterwards. Let me know if you'd like to meet!