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Saturday, May 29 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Modern Day Slaves

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This film follows the stories of several Filipino Overseas Foreign Workers of various socio-economic backgrounds. Stories of severe physical and psychological abuse-as well as rape and beheadings-are illustrated to outline how human rights are violated, standing as appalling consequences of human trafficking. Overseas Foreign Workers not only live as outsiders in their host country, amidst unfamiliar languages and cultural traditions, but are also unprotected and unrecognized by the laws of host countries such Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and China, among others. Overseas Foreign Workers are easy targets for exploitation and abuse, enduring long work hours and earning low pay, all under deplorable living conditions. This film will explore how the Philippine government, a Third World country, has actively encouraged its citizens to leave their country to get back $18B from such foreign workers. In the end, the story of OFWs is one of extreme sacrifice. This film will also raise provocative questions about certain ominous economic, political and social trends that, if left unchecked, portend the danger of causing a vast section of First World countries to fall back into 2nd or 3rd World status. The film will hopefully spark a wakeup call, among American citizens and leaders of the Free World, to take the actions necessary to protect American and European prosperity from slipping away.

Saturday May 29, 2010 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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