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Video: Hilton and Alderman on the Tragedy of Human Trafficking

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Detail from Pamela Alderman’s “The Scarlet Cord”

Those of you who are regular readers here at the Acton PowerBlog are very familiar with Elise Graveline Hilton’s extensive research and work on the subject of human trafficking, both here on the blog and also through her recently published monograph, A Vulnerable World. (For those of you who don’t have a copy, you can pick up a paperback version at the Acton Bookshop; a Kindle version is available as well.) As Elise was doing the hard work of writing her book, Pamela Alderman was exploring the world of human trafficking through her artistic talents, producing an installation called “The Scarlet Cord.” Her powerful work was created for ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and went on to be displayed at the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. It is currently on display at the Acton Institute’s Prince-Broekhuizen Gallery.

In conjuction with Acton’s exhibition of “The Scarlet Cord,” we hosted an evening event featuring talks from both Hilton and Alderman. If you weren’t able to join us for the event, we encourage you to take the time to watch the video of the event, and to share it with your family and friends. Learn to look for the telltale signs of trafficking in your day to day life, and join the effort to stamp out this inhuman practice.

A Vulnerable World: The High Price of Human Trafficking

A Vulnerable World: The High Price of Human Trafficking

Pope Francis has called human trafficking "an open wound on the body of contemporary society." In this monograph, Elise Graveline Hilton discusses both the economic and moral fallout of modern-day slavery. With an estimated 21 million people trafficked annually, the business of buying and selling human beings for both labor and sexual exploitation is burgeoning. Trafficking is a global atrocity but one that we have the ability and the means to thwart. While exploring the broad scope of human trafficking, A Vulnerable World: The High Price of Human Trafficking offers the reader realistic ways to begin to diminish this threat to human flourishing.

Marc Vander Maas

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