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WELCOME TO OPERATION BIG SISTER: A MEDIA FOR ACTION CAMPAIGN TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICING WITH HUMOR.
In Iceland, 85 anonymous women from all walks of life joined forces, in what came to be called “Operation Big Sister,” to put a stop to human trafficking. They created an innovative, grass roots campaign cooked up with courage, a lot of humor and a little champagne to end human trafficking.
We are collaborating with the Big Sisters to tell their story in a feel good feature film about one of the world’s worst feel bad subjects. The film, a companion documentary, and an educational curriculum will be produced to help stop human trafficking worldwide. We have seasoned filmmakers and producers to make these films. We invite you to join with us in supporting the making of these films that will inspire and empower people to end human trafficking.
In 1999 Sweden passed revolutionary legislation that dramatically reduced to near eradication the presence of human trafficking within their borders. The Big Sisters used Sweden’s example of standing in solidarity and lobbied and passed Swedish anti-prostitution and anti- pornography laws in Iceland. When there was lack of political will to implement the new laws, they went to extreme measures to ensure buyers of sex slaves were stopped. They even posed as prostitutes themselves, taking out ads in papers, online and sending buyers to the police chief’s house for services to make the laws easier for the police to implement.
As a result of their effort, the Icelandic government assigned 25 million Kronur to build a special police task force to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of prostitution and human trafficking. The Reykjavik Police closed down 13 brothels posing as champagne clubs. The “Snow Club,” a multi-million dollar international child and adult pornography conference to be held in Iceland was blocked at the border.
According to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is growing faster than the arm’s trade and drug trade, and is expected to surpass the drug trade as the number one criminal enterprise worldwide. It is estimated that there are 31 million trafficked slaves in the world, mostly women and children. Former US President and humanitarian Jimmy Carter has said, “Human trafficking is the greatest tragedy in the history of the world.”
We invite you to join with us in supporting the making of these films that will inspire and empower people to end human trafficking.
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