Harding University

March 16, 2012

Student organizations fight human trafficking

Two campus organizations at Harding University are teaming up to fight human trafficking. The Multicultural Student Activity Committee and HUmanity will be showing “Nefarious: Merchant of souls,” March 20 in the Administration Auditorium at 7 p.m.

To raise awareness about this industry, Exodus Cry, an international anti-trafficking organization will show their documentary exposing the current effects of human trafficking in the U.S. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, a child is trafficked every 30 seconds. The U.S. department of Justice estimates that the average age of entry into commercial sex slavery in the U.S. is 13 years old.

“Anything that we can do as a free society to help rid the world of such atrocities, we should do,” MSAC sponsor Butch Gardner said.

This documentary is the first part of a trilogy aimed at raising awareness about modern sex slavery. There are more than 30 million slaves in the world, more than at any other point in human history.

“I had no idea slavery still existed,” senior Ashli Roussel, a leading member in HUmanity, said. “We can stop slavery and human trafficking if we can get people on board. I think that awareness of this issue can touch peoples hearts, and, through this documentary, we hope to stir some people to action.”

Though this event is free and open to the public, donations will be requested and appreciated.