Human Trafficking- Modern Day Slavery

It seems beyond comprehension that slavery in any form still exists today, but it does. The U.S. State Department estimates that 27 million people globally are trapped in some form of slavery under the broad label of human trafficking, 14,000-18,000 here in the U.S. The majority of these victims are women and children who are forced into labor or sex trafficking.

The movie “Trade of Innocents” brings human trafficking into the spotlight and is a call to action. It stars Mira Sorvino and Dermot Mulrooney, and was produced by Bakersfield resident Jeff Schmidt, and Bill and Laurie Bolthouse. You can see a movie clip at

The west coast premiere of the movie is this Friday night, October 12th at 7:15 p.m. at the Maya theater. The next morning, October 13th, CSUB will host a community-wide anti-human symposium from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Icardo Center. Lunch is included. The seminar will have interactive panels that include FBI, law enforcement, and a variety of experts in awareness, investigation, rescue, and aftercare of victims. The movie producers also will provide a behind-the-scenes look at making the movie in a session, emphasizing  average people working together to impact the world.

A single ticket purchase includes admissions to both events. General admission is $20 and student admission is $20. Register on-line for the symposium and movie at

Students get in free by attending the Ethics Week campus discussion tonight, October 10th, 7-8pm at the University Grill near Student Housing – “If you see something, say something – what is your responsibility?”