UNODC hosts world premiere of 'Trafficked', spotlights global human trafficking

H.E. Valentin Rybakov, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN, CNN anchor Richard Quest, H.E. Omar Hillale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, H.E. Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative of UK to the UN, actress Elizabeth Rohm, writer/producer of Trafficked Siddharth Kara, H.E. Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN. Photo: Justin Thomas Billings

9 October 2017 - Lights, Camera, Action! United Nations Headquarters in New York was the backdrop for a prestigious red-carpet premiere of the movie 'Trafficked', a searing human trafficking drama inspired by true events.

Hosted by UNODC, the movie premiered last week at a packed Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber with distinguished attendees from Governments, civil society organizations, and the arts and media community.

CNN Anchor Richard Quest. Photo: Justin Thomas BillingsThe premiere was moderated by UNODC's New York Office Head Simone Monasebian, and featured welcoming remarks by CNN award winning journalist Richard Quest

In her remarks, Ms. Monasebian said: "Art is a powerful advocacy tool to raise awareness and we have always used it to complement our work. We hope this dramatic and true-to-life film will move people to take action against the scourge of sex trafficking."

The screening was followed by a reception in the Delegates Dining Room, co-hosted by UNODC; Matthew Rycroft, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN; Jan Kickert, the Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN; and Valentin Rybakov, the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN; as well as civil society partners, including Harvard's Carr Center and Humanity United.

Inspired by the harrowing stories of real women and girls profiled in the award-winning book "Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery" by Harvard Professor Siddharth Kara, the movie Trafficked follows three young women from the United States, Nigeria, and India who are trafficked into sexual exploitation.

Starring Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd, Academy Award nominee Anne Archer, Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery, Madison Wolfe, and Patrick Duffy, 'Trafficked' explores the complex global crisis of human trafficking. It is a story of the strength of the human spirit, the empowerment of women, and the indestructible will to be free.

Movie attendees were moved by the gripping film and its depiction of the heinous crime of human trafficking and were called upon to support the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children as they comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims.

Further information:

UNODC on human trafficking and migrant smuggling

UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016

Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking