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Moravian to Mark Human Trafficking Awareness Day with Film, Discussion

Bethlehem, Pa., November 4, 2009—Moravian College will hold a program to mark Human Trafficking Awareness Day featuring a talk by  Leah Rutman,  legal fellow from Equality Now, on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium.  Rutman’s talk will be followed by a screening of the film Call & Response at 8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and the program is free-of-charge.

Call & Response is a first-of-its-kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. This film goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving, from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India, to reveal that in 2007, slave traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined. Luminaries on the issue such as Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer firsthand accounts of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, and others move to inspire action against the human trafficking world.

Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists and through its Women’s Action Network of concerned groups and individuals around the world, Equality Now is committed to voicing a worldwide call for justice and equality for women. Issues of urgent concern include rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, trafficking of women, female genital mutilation, and the denial of equal access to economic opportunity and political participation.

Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building, near the corner of Locust and Monocacy Street in Bethlehem. This event is sponsored by Moravian’s C3, the Newman Association, Christian Fellowship, and Gamma Sigma Sigma.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.