Lifetime Premiers Human Trafficking
Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and screen legend Donald Sutherland star in Lifetime TV's "Human Trafficking." On October 24 and 25, at 9PM ET/PT, tune in to Lifetime Television for the premiere of its first-ever miniseries, "Human Trafficking," a two-part film, starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland, that brings to light the often hidden, but growing problem of the international sale and trade of human beings into modern day slavery.
The U.S. government estimates that each year up to 800,000 people are coerced and forced across international borders into slave labor and/or sexual exploitation, while millions more are trafficked within their own countries. Approximately 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Eighty percent of all trafficking victims are women and girls. And the U.S. government estimates that criminals are making $9.5 billion a year from this industry. At a recent Lifetime event in Washington, DC, to spotlight the issue and help inform the miniseries, U.S. Ambassador John Miller, who heads the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, called human trafficking "THE women's emancipation issue of the 21st century."
That is why Lifetime, as part of its Emmy Award-winning campaign "Stop Violence Against Women," has been working for more than two years to investigate this problem and learn how best to raise awareness of it. Throughout the development and production of the miniseries, the Network convened the writers and producers of the project with the foremost experts and advocates working in America and around the world, including leading government officials at the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and nonprofit organizations such as Equality Now, the International Justice Mission, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the YWCA of the USA, Girls Incorporated, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Amnesty International and many others.
Thanks to their invaluable guidance and the expertise of renowned executive producer Robert Halmi, Sr., we believe, and hope you will agree, that the result is a powerful two-night journey into the underground world of human trafficking. We are proud to share "Human Trafficking" with our viewers on October 24 and 25, but also hope that this miniseries serves as an awareness-raising tool for activists in communities nationwide. We encourage you and your friends to host viewing parties on October 24 and 25, and to visit LifetimeTV.com to download a discussion guide to learn more about what you can do to combat human trafficking.