exhibit to call attention to a matter of grave concern to all who
believe that our future rests
upon protecting the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being
of our children.
15 - November 27, 2011
Opening Reception October 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm
8:00 pm, presentation by Raymond Bechard, author of The Berlin Turnpike
~ A true story of human trafficking in Connecticut.
trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer,
harboring or receipt of persons by means of threat, use of force
or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception or abuse
of power. The primary purpose of such actions is for exploitation,
most commonly in the various forms of prostitution, servitude or
the removal and sale of bodily organs. Trafficking in humans is
the world's third largest criminal enterprise, after drugs and arms,
with the market for child trafficking alone estimated to generate
over 12 billion dollars and impact nearly 1.4 million child victims
annually. The purpose of this thematic exhibition is to present
an overview of the child trafficking phenomenon, specifically as
a continuation of human slavery and oppression into the 21st century.
Our goal is to promote an awareness and better understanding of
a global problem that also has a significant national and local
impact. Nearly three million children run away each year in the
United States, thirty percent of whom go on to become victims of
exhibition and its programming is a collaboration with �Free2Create�
as part of the NOT FOR SALE Campaign Connecticut, Operation 21st
Century which is a student led movement to engage young people to
end slavery, and the Connecticut Humanities Council.