Film screening educates audience on human trafficking

By Mike Maraghi, Staff Writer

On Wednesday Jan. 25, St. John Fisher College hosted a film screening to the production of Sold in Basil auditorium as part of the two-day event addressing human trafficking.

Sold is a 2014 drama centered on a child, Lakshmi, who is trafficked from a rural village in Nepal to a brothel in Kolkata, India. After determining that the trip was not the prosperous journey that she had originally hoped, Lakshmi fought tooth and nail to escape the horrors of child sex slavery, an issue that occurs everyday all over the world.

Audience members were also treated to a Skype discussion with Patricia McCormick prior to the screening, the author of the novel to which the film was based. Patricia provided in depth details on the novel and the real life characters that the film was based upon.

Professor Barry was responsible for organizing both human trafficking events on campus and stressed the significance of awareness in Rochester.

“People in Rochester don’t know that it happens in our neighborhoods. It happens with teens who are troubled, who want to find some attachment to somebody. So they may post something online, which is a big component of eliciting human trafficking.”

“They don’t think it has anything to do with Rochester, but it’s a Rochester problem too so I just think this film is going to open a lot of eyes and inform a lot of people about something that they may not think about because it doesn’t directly affect them.”
– Freshman Natasha Mezza

Natasha Mezza, freshman, was in the audience.

“I definitely think it will open some eyes” Mezza said. “I don’t think human trafficking is something that people think about here.”

“They don’t think it has anything to do with Rochester, but it’s a Rochester problem too so I just think this film is going to open a lot of eyes and inform a lot of people about something that they may not think about because it doesn’t directly affect them,” Mezza added.

The Film Screening: Sold was hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Program.

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