Human trafficking, the sale of people into forced labor, has become big underground business. According to a report from Cornell University, its profits are $44.3 billion per year worldwide. In separate studies, the FBI and UNICEF have estimated that 2 million to 2.5 million people are sold into slavery each year, more than 18,000 in the US. 1.2 million trafficking victims worldwide are children.
On Thursday March 7th, the US Fund for UNICEF's Midwest Regional Office will present a screening of the film NOT MY LIFE, which documents the epidemic of child trafficking. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Karin Heissler, a Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF.
The film, by Academy Award nominated director and journalist Robert Bilheimer, depicts the horrifying industry of human trafficking on five continents. It crosses national, cultural, and economic boundaries to shed light on this unfathomable situation.
Karin Heissler and Tamrah Schaller O'Neill of UNICEF's Midwest Regional Board talked with Meg Heery on KFAI's Morning Blend.