Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

Apr 17, 2013

Human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar a year industry, and it’s prevalent all over the world. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million are children trafficked annually.

So what do we mean when we say “trafficking?”  Well, it’s slavery.

Whether that means the sex trade in Southeast Asia, Central Europe or the US, forced child labor in India, or the armies of child soldiers in Africa.  

Today, we’ll look at trafficking abroad with the producer of the new documentary Not My Life - he was in town for a screening at the Mark Twain House, sponsored by the World Affairs Council.  

We’ll talk to the Hartbeat Ensemble about their upcoming play Riding the Turnpike, based on interviews with victims of sexual trafficking on the Berlin Turnpike.  

And, we’ll hear about new legislation in Connecticut to draw attention to trafficking in our state - and to prosecute those responsible.