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Break the Chain of Human Trafficking with Laura Swanson

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Break the Chain of Human Trafficking with Laura Swanson

Break the Chain is an award-winning documentary that addresses the often ""hidden-in-plain-sight"" issue of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States. The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking - providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards. Kwami and Debbie were enslaved and exploited as children for numerous years within the US before anyone took notice. Both survivors of sex and labor trafficking recount their experiences with a trafficker who promised them a better life. Accompanying their stories of abuse and survival are interviews with those actively working to raise awareness and create creative solutions to combat this hidden global issue. The film strays from the traditional sensationalized ways of exploring human trafficking issues and helps us learn that we are all connected to this billion dollar industry, and we have the power to change lives by choosing how we consume our information, what we support, and ultimately, how we break the chain.

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On This Episode:

2:00 - Media culpability

3:45 - Similarities between sexual assault and human trafficking

6:20 - Groomed to be trafficked

7:45 - Psychological distortion

9:20 - Humans as commodities

14:45 - Healthy vs. unhealthy sexual education

16:00 - Getting awareness into public schools

17:30 - Raising awareness through education

18:00 - Good vs. bad peer pressure

24:30 - Training to look for signs of trafficking

30:00 - Where to see 'Break the Chain'

33:30 - Funding through donations

39:45 - A desensitized society

43:00 - Labor trafficking in the fashion industry

45:30 - The need for a cultural shift

47:00 - A mindset of greed

48:30 - Empathy for survivors

Laura_Swanson_795367442.jpgLaura E. Swanson is a documentary filmmaker, professional speaker, sexual assault survivor/advocate, and human rights activist currently residing in Michigan. Her work is heavily rooted in building awareness for important, yet misrepresented, issues of social justice using a non-sensationalized and victim-centered artistic approach. Swanson’s films have been screened in university classrooms around the United States, International Film Festivals, State Supreme Courts and are currently being used in trainings for numerous law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations. 'Break the Chain' is her second feature-length documentary film and has been independently produced and directed with the help of Michigan-based task force agencies, law enforcement, and non-profit organizations.

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About :

Elaine M. Grohman has been working in the field of Energy Medicine for nearly 20 years. The experiences of her own Life brought her to delve into the Mystery of our Spirit, Body, Emotions and Mind, and through that search she has sought to help others appreciate their own Life in a greater way. Elaine works with people in the medical fields, as well as having a private practice. She is the author of two books, "The Angels and Me - Experiences of Receiving and Sharing Divine Communication," and "Spirit Awakening - Wisdom for Life and Living." As an Intuitive, Elaine helps others to look beyond the wounds they use to define themselves, so that new and perhaps greater understanding can become known. Through this, we can begin to Heal our World - And Ourselves.

Photos by Laurie Tennent