HRC’s May 14 Program Seeks To Raise Awareness Of Human Trafficking

If the demand for sex trafficking were to end, would the supply end too? The City of Golden Valley’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) explores the issue of human trafficking with an awareness program May 14 featuring “bottom,” a play by the Blank Slate Theatre based on the stories of real sex trafficking survivors. The event will begin at 6:30 pm at Perpich Center for Arts Education, 6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley.

hrc-final-logoAccording to the group Allies Against Slavery, between 21 million and 30 million men, women and children are enslaved today–more than during all the years of the entire transatlantic slave trade combined. The group defines human trafficking as “a form of modern slavery that occurs when one person exerts control over another person in order to exploit them economically. In this scenario, the victim is controlled through manipulation, violence, or the threat of violence and cannot walk away.”

The powerful and thought-provoking “bottom” seeks to raise awareness about human trafficking and inspire post-play discussion. Blank Slate Theatre offers several educational touring productions as well as on-site drama, art, and movement workshops. It has given live performances at schools, residential treatment centers, conferences, synagogues, churches, and more.

The HRC’s human trafficking awareness event is part of the “HRC Conversations” program, which works to build awareness and facilitate dialogue within the community about human rights and social justice issues.

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