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Documentary focuses on human trafficking

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2013

MENDOTA – What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery. It ranks as the fastest growing criminal industry in the world today. Victims are usually misled, tricked, or forced into a situation of exploitation and abuse from which it is difficult to escape.

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a documentary exposing human trafficking, will be shown at the Crossroads Coffee House at the Mendota Civic Center on Friday, July 19.

“I have always been very interested in people that have been oppressed. My heart has always been for the weak ones. The ones that don’t really have a chance to speak out,” said Dr. Cathy Wolf of Mendota who has been instrumental in bringing the documentary here.

Most people think human slavery only happens in remote areas of countries like Africa, stated Wolf. But human trafficking is happening in many countries. Just last week, authorities in Mexico City, Mexico rescued 46 women in a human trafficking bust.

It is even happening in the United States. The U.S. Department of Education has noted that cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states. Illinois ranked the fifth-highest state for calls made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in a 2009 report from the state’s Department of Human Services. The FBI labeled Chicago as one of 13 locations of “high intensity child prostitution.”

“I just hope this opens some eyes that this can and does happen in people’s backyards. And for more people to stand up and say, ‘this is not right,’” ended Wolf.

Doors to the event open at 6 p.m. with an introduction beginning at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. To reserve your seat for Nefarious, e-mail coffee@crossroadsHOP.com or call (815) 420-5399. For more information, visit www.crossroadsHOP.com. The official movie trailer can be viewed online at http://vimeo.com/26792244.

For the complete article see the 07-10-2013 issue.

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