Thanks to Soroptimist International of Glendale, the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women and e-mail, Paula Devine was able to quickly put together Friday evening’s event devoted to friendship and consciousness-raising.
After a delicious potluck dinner, about 20 women lounged on the Devine’s divans against big, stuffed pillows. Paula’s husband, Art Devine, pulled down the movie screen and slipped in a DVD. What may have appeared a light-hearted evening of eats, treats and DVDs was much more than that. The 20-minute DVD was titled “Look Beneath the Surface” and dealt with human trafficking.
Amelda Buncap, director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking shelter for abused women, was present to comment and answer questions after the film. We learned, for instance, that every 10 minutes, a man, woman or child is trafficked into the United States for forced labor. Human trafficking has become a $9-billion-a-year global industry and is the third-largest international criminal enterprise after drugs and arms.