The practice of slavery in the US is something most people think ended with the 13 Amendment in 1865, but in recent years it has returned in an even more virulent form. Fueled by the collapse of the Soviet Union and other eastern European countries, new technologies like the Internet, and sieve-like borders, the traffic in human beings has become an epidemic of colossal dimensions.
The State Department estimates that as many as 800,000 people are trafficked over international frontiers each year, largely for sexual exploitation. Eighty percent are female and over fifty percent are minors. Many people in this country push this atrocity out of their minds, believing that it only occurs in faraway countries like Thailand, Cambodia, the Ukraine and Bosnia. The truth is that the United States has become a large-scale importer of sex slaves.
Free the Slaves, America's largest anti-slavery organization estimates that at least 10,000 people a year are smuggled or duped into this country by sex traffickers.
A pastor attending Sundance, writing for Christianity Today Movies, said, "if a film can raise righteous anger and a call for Justice, this one does it. I'm not sure I could watch it again, but I'm thankful to the filmmakers for pointing their cameras into some of the darkest corners of our world"
This movie is set to open September 21st. From what I read it is not a movie for the faint of heart. It is rated R for a reason. BUT like Blood Diamonds, this movie is supposed to upset us, make us think, show us images that are evil so that we will be stirred to do something to stop this evil and maybe save a child.
Honestly, I had no idea how bad modern day slavery was until I read The Revolution. Then I started hearing a lot about the children, as young as 4 years old, that are sold for sex trade in Cambodia and other countries.
You can click HERE to see a list of ways to help fight Human Trafficking.