Slavery isn’t over; the reality is, nearly 150 years after the abolition of slavery in the United States, human trafficking remains a booming industry around the world.
This November, International Justice Mission (IJM), in partnership with Humanity United, is releasing a documentary entitled At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in our Time. The film exposes the violent and lucrative business of modern-day slavery from inside the brothels and forced labor operations of Asia, and documents the struggle of modern day abolitionists struggling to end the oppressive industry of human trade.
At the End of Slavery is filmed on location in India, Cambodia, and the Philippines with undercover footage from the front-lines of rescue efforts and first-person testimony of those freed from illegal slavery. The filmmakers hope to expose the atrocious issues of modern-slavery by making the compelling argument that with their success in finding and rescuing victims, and prosecuting those responsible, there can be a viable end to slave trade.
In the fight to end trans-Atlantic slavery nearly two centuries ago, British abolitionists exposed the inhumane conditions of slave-trade by releasing an image of the slave ship Brookes. It worked – their efforts created a defining moment in the movement towards slavery abolition and eventually brought the trans-Atlantic slave commerce to an end. In the same way, IJM and its partners hope that At the End of Slavery will not only expose the issue, but bring people together to join the fight against the crime of human trafficking.
You can be a modern-day abolitionist. November 14th and 15th is the Weekend to End Slavery – two days of united effort across the United States to educate communities about slavery and mobilize the movement against the practice.
November 14 – Host a screening of At the End of Slavery in your community. Invite your friends over, have them invite their friends over. Watch the film. Talk about it and join the live Webcast with IJM President, Gary Haugen.
November 15 – If you’re a person of faith, get your church involved. Churches across the country will share a message of justice and engage people of faith in the struggle to seek justice and an end to oppression.
Wait…there’s more. If you’re in college and there isn’t an IJM chapter on your campus, start one. IJM is a human rights agency that works to secure justice not only for victims of slavery, but also those victimized by sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure successful rescue operations and aftercare, to bring those responsible to justice, and to promote functioning public justice systems. You can be part of the cause by raising your voice, raising funds and raising awareness on your college campus.
While this film focuses specifically on the slave industry in Asia, human trafficking is happening all around the world – even in the U.S. Also, sex tourism is on the rise; in a recent case, three U.S. citizens were arrested after traveling to Asia to have sex with child prostitutes.