Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"FATAL PROMISES" Movie Trailer

I came across "Fatal Promises" on Twitter and we quickly began a conversation about modern slavery and their documentary. That's one of the things I love about Twitter. I've met a number of people fighting the same cause and we've been able to easily share information, ask questions, answer questions and learn from one another.

Click the image below to watch clips from the documentary.


Ukraine, the second largest country in Europe, is a prime example of a nation struggling to establish a stable economy, a functioning legal system and to control criminal enterprises of which Human Trafficking is the largest. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of women, children and men have been trafficked from Ukraine to the United States, Western Europe and the Balkans since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Katja was 18 when her boss approached her about an opportunity to take a summer job as a waitress in the US. Upon arrival, she was taken to the heartland of America and forced to work as an exotic dancer 16 hours a day; 6 days a week. She was held in an apartment, threatened, raped and beaten, but was fortunate to escape with her life.

Nadja was 17 years old when she was deceived by a school friend to work in a hotel in Moldavia and instead was trafficked into the sex industry, her papers confiscated, her resistance beaten into submission. She was locked up in an apartment. Every day she was taken to different places to serve customers. Her attempts to escape led to more violence. While enslaved she witnessed the murder and rape of others.

Anja was lured to Russia with the promise of work. She spent months as a slave in an orchard. She was held prisoner in a camp, witnessed violence, experienced rape and never saw a dime for her work.

Eugene was 18 years old when he signed a bogus contract to work on a fishing boat. He was taken to an unmarked ship off the coast of Japan. together with 30 other men from the Ukraine he was held in inhumane conditions without proper food, lodgings and pay. Eugene’s health will be damaged for the rest of his life.

These people all have one thing in common: they are survivors of Human Trafficking. By talking to these survivors, visiting their countries and getting an insight into their lives, the filmmakers gained a unique view into the problem of trafficking and a first-hand look at the shortcomings of the legal systems that are supposed to help them.

Everyone I talk to about modern slavery agrees it's atrocious. Then they ask, "What can I do?" BE A VOICE. Spread awareness share these posts and videos with others. Collectively we can reach thousands of people. Creating awareness and making this an issue in the public mind WILL lead to CHANGE.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
~Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Will you accept my invitation? Will you be a voice?

Thank you,
John Burger

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