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Human Trafficking is

Modern Day Slavery

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Human Trafficking is

Modern Day Slavery

 
 

Human trafficking is the new slavery affecting millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world. Against Humanity, through its video, I Am Miriam, seeks to underscore that women and girls face disproportionately higher risks of being trafficked. Forced migration triggered by conflict in war zones, unstable governments, the drug trade, poverty, and exposure to climate-related events result in women and girls being trafficked and sold for sexual services and forced labor. 

Miriam’s story represents the face of the ever-growing collage of migrating women who, after suffering torture perpetrated by their own governments, and because of their social isolation and economic situation, fall prey to post-conflict trafficking. The consequences of enslavement of women during and after conflicts lead to deep psychological and spiritual trauma, and often, physical death. Miriam’s experience illustrates how trafficking in countries like Ethiopia take the form of transporting migrant women by fraud, deception, and different forms of coercion. 

Modern-day slavery and human trafficking will be with us for a very long time. All too often, the debauchery (sins) of torture and enslavement suffered by the Miriams of today go unnoticed; their stories fall through the cracks and their cries for help and justice go unheard. 

I Am Miriam obliges us to:

  • Really look through the window of the life of a person who has suffered torture and enslavement;
  • Analyze the connection between human trafficking and conflict in war zones, forced migration, and climate change;
  • Recognize the warning signs that may indicate that a person is a trafficking victim; 
  • Protect persons from being trafficked;
  • Offer a helping hand to those who have been trafficked by welcoming and clothing them with kindness, mercy, and compassion;
  • Advocate that trafficking be included as a war crime by the International Criminal Court.
    (Currently, human trafficking is recognized, as a crime against humanity only, and is not considered a war crime.)
 
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Movies & Documentaries

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

A hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery. With footage shot in over nineteen different countries (including the U.S.), Nefarious exposes the nightmare of sex slavery as experienced by hundreds of thousands daily, through the eyes of both the enslaved and their traffickers. The film features expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders, and captures the gripping and triumphant testimonies of survivors in order to galvanize hope and vision.

In Plain Sight

Seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States. This educational and motivational film (featuring Traffick911) is filled with HOPE and ACTION and focuses on the stories of six female abolitionists who became aware of the issue and chose to do something extraordinary in their cities, open an aftercare home for survivors.

The Whistleblower

Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.

 

Trade of Innocents

A dramatic movie about the sex trade in Cambodia. Alex Becker and his wife, Claire, work for a rescue organization to stop sex trafficking in Cambodia. Sex slavery and trafficking pervades Cambodian society, including the government. Parents believe children have to provide for them, even if children have to become sex slaves. An American pedophile tells the head of the local trafficking ring that he wants a young 7-year-old girl. The trafficker attempt to kidnap the little girl who’s the granddaughter of the man who owns the shop under the apartment where the Beckers live.

Eden

A young Korean-American teenager named Hyun Jae, who works in her parents’ New Mexico gift shop is abducted, drugged, and has her identification and possessions confiscated. She if forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers and joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive.  

Cargo Innocence Lost

A compelling documentary that unveils the dark underworld of sex trafficking of women and children in the United States. Included are interviews with some of the country's top officials on the subject, victims' advocates and victims themselves, who were rescued in Texas. This documentary explores how the business of sex trafficking has become a $9 billion dollar a year industry and why it still remains a shrouded crime in our nation. 

 

Human Trafficking

(Mini-Series) 

Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution.

The Day My God Died

Filmed in Nepal and India this documentary presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex slave trade.

Trade

Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother. The film focuses on the victims’ feelings of isolation, fear, and hopelessness. The treatment of the girls as expendable commodities is particularly disheartening for anyone’s belief in the continuation of humanity. 

Tricked: Inside the World of Teen Sex Trafficking

A Fairfax County Public Schools documentary, Tricked helps students understand and spot the scouting and manipulating techniques that are commonly used by traffickers. Using testimony from survivors of sex trafficking, as well as insider information from a former trafficker, we talk about how to avoid susceptible behaviors.

 

I Am Jane Doe

This feature-length documentary chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice.  Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.

Journey to Freedom

This 37-minute documentary tells the true stories of two men-21st Century Cambodian Vannak Prum and 19th Century American Solomon Northup—who were sold into slavery more than 150 years apart. It also examines the communities of abolitionists from yesterday and today that fight to free men and women like Vannak and Solomon who are held against their will and forced to work for others.

 

Human Trafficking in Conflict Zones

Human trafficking is modern day slavery. It occurs around the world and is exacerbated by conflict, which increases demand for forced labor and sexual services and places refugees and IDPs in vulnerable situations. During human trafficking prevention month, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security interviewed experts about trafficking and its particular effects on women in conflict.