• Paige Kornblue

Invisible: a film about the fight to end human trafficking

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Released today -- Invisible -- a 2019 educational film project that opens our eyes to the horrific world of human trafficking

It may seem foreign, but human trafficking is happening very close to home for so many of us.

Today, on this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons came the release date of INVISIBLE, a 30-minute documentary created by Place of Hope and Grizz Creative to shine a light on human trafficking.

Consider putting this film on your list of things to watch... and take in.

The Place of Hope team explains it best: “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. Trafficking of children involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of children and youth for the purpose of exploitation. They can be forced into many forms of slavery including labor and sex trafficking. The runaway and homeless youth, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war or conflict or social discrimination are frequently targeted by traffickers.”

It is mind-boggling that this all still takes place in our communities and around our world.

I recently had the opportunity to tour the Place of Hope at the Leighan and David Rinker Campus in Boca Raton, Florida to see first-hand the difference this place is making in the lives of children and youth who have been abused, exploited and trafficked. The campus has one cottage for boys and three cottages for girls; one for young moms with their babies and two others for those homeless or in foster care.

At the time I walked though campus, the dedicated team and dozens of volunteers were working on South Florida’s newest transitional housing option. It's called the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Village and Gary Peters Family Transitional Housing Complex.

Four buildings. Eight units inside each building. All prepared to provide a home to about 100 young people who age out of foster care at 18, single moms and human trafficking survivors. It's amazing work thanks to so many donations and community support.

Take 30 minutes of your time to watch this film and if you feel so inclined, support Place of Hope or an organization like it near you to "be a voice for the voiceless."

Click here to watch Invisible.

For more information on Place of Hope or if you are interested in having Place of Hope provide a group presentation at your home, office, school, church or civic group, email info@invisiblepoh.org to schedule.

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