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March 14, 2005

Birmingham-Southern to host presentation on modern day slavery

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College will host “Slavery in the 21st Century: Living Proof” Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium on campus.

Dr. Steve Steinlight, executive director of the American Anti-American Slavery Group, will speak about the slave trade in the 21st century.

Also on the program is Beatrice Fernando, a former slave from Sri-Lanka who was sold to a family in Lebanon. She will discuss how she escaped to freedom and the increase in child slavery in Southeast Asia since the recent Tsunami.

There are an estimated 27 million men, women, and children living in slavery around the world today, more than any other time in history. Human trafficking has become a global industry of some $9 billion per year and is increasingly an activity of organized crime.

For more information, contact Erica Brown at 226-4733 or ebrown@bsc.edu.

 
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