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Film highlights parallels between US slave trade and present-day human trafficking

"It ought to concern every person, because it's a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I'm talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name-modern slavery. Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time…"-President Barack Obama, September 25, 2012

The same week President Obama made this statement, the film Journey to Freedom played in U.S. Embassies around the globe. It 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 that fight to free men and women like Vannak and Solomon who are held against their will and forced to work for others, and stresses that: "…a global community is required to conquer what is perhaps the most important human rights crisis of our time. A fight like this requires something from all of us, bringing what we have to the table. Artists, lawyers, police officers, business people, and consumers can make a lasting impact. People working as individuals in a network that functions for freedom."

 

Watch the film here: