Monroe, MI (PRWEB) December 28, 2009
Dundee Community Church of the Nazarene will be showing the film "At The End Of Slavery: The Battle For Justice In Our Time" and will host a community discussion on human trafficking, sexual slavery and how the local community can make a difference in the lives of individuals who have been sold into slavery. The event will be held on Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the church, 224 Riley Street, in Dundee.
"Human trafficking is a scourge on our society that many in our local community do not realize is happening right in our neighborhoods," said Rev. Roy Richardson, Pastor to Children and Families at the church. "Toledo, just 15 miles away, ranks fourth in the country in the number of children involved in the sex trade. And in the past few years we have witnesses several federal raids on human trafficking organizations in Metro Detroit. It is all around us, and undoubtedly in our local communities."
According to statistics from the Department of Homeland Security:
- An estimated 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, approximately 17,500 of them into the United States. (Statistics extracted from Department of State's 2008 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.)
- Approximately 80 percent of transnational victims are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors.
- At any given time, there may be as many as 12.3 million people held in forced labor, including forced sex, situations. (International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates from Department of State's 2008 TIP Report.)
- Traffickers prey on poverty and economic hardship.
- UN reports that human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar per year business worldwide.
Following the film, Amy Allen, a Victim Specialist with the Office of Investigations at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Detroit, will discuss the scope of human trafficking in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Ms. Allen works primarily with investigations involving child exploitation, human sex trafficking and human rights war violators and works directly with victims of these crimes. She has traveled to the Republic of Moldova for the Department of Justice and presented on child victimization and forensic interviewing at the Eurasian Regional Conference against Child Exploitation. She also spent 3 weeks in Rwanda last fall interviewing victims of the 1994 genocide.
"I am excited that Homeland Security is sending Amy Allen to our presentation to help the local community understand the scope of the issue, as well as ways they can get involved to help the victims of human trafficking," said Richardson. "Human trafficking isn't just something that happens in Southeast Asia or the former Soviet Republics. It happens here, with the victims coming from our hometowns and neighborhoods. The local churches and communities can take steps to ensure that no more young people are dragged into this life. We hope to start that conversation with this event."
About the Film
At The End Of Slavery: The Battle For Justice In Our Time(http://www.attheendofslavery.com/) was produced by the International Justice Mission (http://www.ijm.org) to raise awareness of the scope of the global human trafficking problem. One hundred and forty-five years after slavery was abolished as an institution in the United States, there are still people in the United States who are living in chains. The film is narrated by Danny Glover and takes you inside the violent and ugly business of modern-day slavery -- the buying and selling of human beings -- from the brothels of the Philippines to the brick kilns of India.
Shot on location in the Philippines, India, Cambodia and the U.S., At the End of Slavery takes you to the frontlines of today's battle for justice and includes true stories of former slaves and undercover footage from police operations to rescue children from brothels. International Justice Mission's investigators, lawyers and social workers and their clients, along with other leading abolitionists and anti-trafficking experts, show that there is nothing inevitable about slavery. Law enforcement success in finding and rescuing victims, and prosecuting perpetrators, demonstrates the real possibility of an end to this trade.
The film begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14 at the church. There is no charge for the event and the public is encouraged to attend. For additional information, visit the church website at http://www.dundeechurch.com or call 734.529.5047.