Thursday, September 20, 2007


The world premiere of Trade, a film that sheds light on the underground world of human trafficking, was organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at UNHQ in New York. UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa also introduced UN.GIFT, the United Nations-led Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. The goal of the initiative is to raise understanding and encourage action against human trafficking.

Ah oui, I brushed shoulders with Kevin Kline outside the press conference room. During the press conference, there were comments made about the "disagreements" between himself and Angelina Jolie. *lol... I hope celebrities like Kevin Kline who contribute to humanity will not play up the media (there are some Hollywood artists whose humanitarian works are laced with hidden agendas).

Trade follows the story of a 13-year-old Mexican girl (Paulina Gaitan) and a young Polish woman (Alicja Bachleda) as they are kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico and transported for sale in the United States. As they make their brutal journey north, the young girl's older brother (Cesar Ramos) and a Texas cop (Kevin Kline) set off on a desperate and dangerous rescue attempt.

*Mayor Michael Bloomberg, proclaimed September 2007 in the City of New York: "Anti-Trafficking Month"

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