Program Exposes Human Trafficking, Slavery
Human trafficking, selling human beings as slaves, is an issue that few people know about or truly understand. According to news reports, some 27 million people are enslaved today. Penn State York hopes to make people aware of this problem through the multimedia presentation Not for Sale Backyard Abolitionist Tour set for Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. This free program, in the campus’ Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center), kicks-off the 2010-11 Cultural and Performing Artists Series sponsored by the campus and MediaOnePA.
“Penn State York is bringing this program to campus to raise awareness about the local and global impact of human trafficking,” said Jason Kilmer, interim director of student affairs at Penn State York and the coordinator for the campus’ free cultural series. “We want to educate people that this problem exits and let them know how they can help stop this epidemic,” he said.
Through lectures, film, and music, Dave Batstone, Not for Sale founder, and Brant Christopher Menswar, singer/songwriter, perform together weaving songs into stories while being supported by riveting video. The goal of their performance is to emotionally connect the audience with the global slave in hopes of inspiring people to make a difference and end human trafficking around the world. The program has been described as a gripping night of heart break, truth, and inspirational victories.