Human Trafficking Is All Around You


Trafficking of people is a serious crime and violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children are victims of trafficking in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking. It is prevalent, complex and close to home. Forced prostitution makes up about  about 22% of human trafficking, and nearly 68% forced labor exploitation.

Slavery in supply chains is a growing problem as more companies extend their supply chains around the world in search of cheaper manufacturing.  The International Labor Organization estimates there are around 14.2 million victims of forced labor worldwide by private enterprises. The most common are domestic work, agriculture, construction manufacturing and entertainment – www.ilo.org Most victims of human trafficking are poor and marginalized and are taken with use of force, fraud and coercion. In many parts of the world, children as young as three years old are sold for commercial exploitation, adoption, organ trade and forced labor.

Join Reel Causes for our March 17th event Gone But Not Forgotten to learn more and take action on trafficking locally and globally. This evening of art, education and action supports the West Coast Domestic Workers Association and Children of the Street Society with an exhibit by international humanitarian photographer Tony Hoare.  Betrayed: Portraits of Strength is a uniquely personal look into this very real and very devastating crisis of human trafficking. He worked with and documented survivors in Bangladesh, Mexico and Sierra Leone.

Photo by Tony Hoare

Photo by Tony Hoare

Our feature  film is Siddharth, by award winning director by Richie Mehta. The film tells the story of a man who Mehta met in India, a chain-wallah who fixes broken zippers on the streets, that was searching for his twelve year old son, who he feared had fallen into the hands of traffickers. Fantastic acting and cinematography make this film feel beautiful, gritty and authentic.

After the film we will have a panel discussion with members of the West Coast Domestic Workers Association and Children of the Street Society, local organizations that combat the harm caused by human trafficking. The event begins with the photo exhibit on the second floor, in the atrium below the cinema. Doors Open at 6:30 pm, a. 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver. All the info is on our homepage.  This and many other great events are supported by SFU Woodward’s Office of Community Engagement.


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