Throughout April, the Schaumburg Township District Library will focus on drawing awareness to the global crisis of human trafficking. Anyone interested in learning more about sex exploitation and other forms of slavery is welcome to attend the following free events.
"Modern Day Slavery" will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, in the Rasmussen Room of the library, 130 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg. Nearly 30 million people are enslaved throughout the world. Presenter Susan Miura will explain more about this crime, what is being done and what you can do. Speakers include two Chicago-based FBI agents and representatives of Bright Hope and the Dalit Freedom Network. Information packets will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. To register, call (847) 923-3347 or stop by the Information Desk on the library's second floor.
The library's non-fiction book club, Second Floor Reads, will discuss Half the Sky, Changing Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, from 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in the library's Rasmussen North Room. Visit the Information Desk on the second floor to register. Loan copies of the book are available on a first-come, first-served basis upon registration. For more information, contact Anna Pederson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 923-3326.
Movies featuring the theme of human trafficking will be shown in the library's Audiovisual Theatre. The documentary "Half the Sky" (NR) will be shown in two parts at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14 and Thursday, April 17. "Half the Sky" urges people to bear witness to the plight of the world's women and help to transform their oppression into opportunity.
The movie "Trade of Innocents" (PG13) will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, April 21. The story takes place in present day Southeast Asia, where children are for sale in dark alleys and secret rooms. Twists unfold against the backdrop of the dangerous human trafficking world, in a story of struggle, life, hope and redemption. Registration is not required for the documentary or movie.