Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New Video Series Uncovers Hidden Slavery in Asia

A powerful new video series is exposing modern-day slavery in places where it is extraordinarily difficult to document.  Australian filmmakers Ben and Jocelyn Pederick have captured dramatic human stories of slavery in Burma, North Korea, Thailand and China.
Their project is called “An Invisible World: The Lives of Slaves in Modern Asia.” It is produced by Radio Free Asia, whose mission is “to bring a free press to closed societies.”
The films profile trafficking survivors, and parents whose children have disappeared into slavery. The stories reveal the complexity of slavery in Asia by exploring how poverty, ethnic discrimination, war and corruption underpin trafficking today. The series reveals how many traffickers target refugee camps, where people are especially vulnerable.
The films are haunting proof that although slavery is illegal everywhere, it happens nearly everywhere.
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