Awareness in Action

Some people learn from news media, some from lecture series.  But others do not.  Some people react better to live performances, rather than presentations.  Since 2015, BTCLF has sponsored awareness events featuring dance, song, poetry, and theatrical performances in addition to lecture series to inform and educate the public on Human Trafficking - Modern Day Slavery.  From Fremont Street Experience to malls to places of worship - our events have attracted crowds and crowds attract news media.  Our events have spread the "ugly truth" about trafficking to thousands of people. 

See how we impact the public below:

 

Dance Interpretation of Human Trafficking
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At the Live Free Public Awareness Forum, held on January 11, 2020 to recognize National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the dance troupe Culture Shock of Las Vegas, depicted several aspects of human trafficking.  In this video excerpt, two traffickers (in haunting masks) abduct two young girls.  No one reacted as trafficking often goes unseen.  The girls reach out, trying to communicate their plight. Watch the video to see what happens.  
 
 
 
 
Lyrics and music together convey emotion and meaning.  
00062 Moment (3)Music sends a powerful message. Think of the songs that inspired troops in World War II or the folk songs of the 1960’s. Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman” encompassed the rise of women as a national force. The original song – Break These Chains Live Free is such a message…a message of despair and hope. Listen to the lyrics – “Beaten Alive, it’s hard to survive when you’re lost in the world of slavery. It’s a message for your soul.
 
Performed by: Leah Guevara (pictured on the left at one of our awareness events) with lyrics and music by Carolyn McClure and an arrangement by Jake Cox.

Listen to "Break These Chains Live Free" - BTCLF signature song.

See "Break These Chains Live Free" Lyrics.

   

Poetry with a Punch
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Giving written words meaning, sound and rhythm, poetry stirs the imagination and emotion.  Maya Anglou's poem "Still I Rise"  is an example of poetry with a punch.
 
High school student, Emily Fleming's poem – “Shelf Life” describes how victims are treated like products. Like a product, the traffickers assign a shelf life to victims – a time they can be bought and sold before they're simply thrown away. The bar code symbolizes this concept.  Emily composed and read this poem for a BTCLV event in 2017.
 

View Emily Fleming's Poem "Shelf Life"

 

 

Dramatization - A one-act play portrays a victim's story 
 
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Every day we hear about the abuse suffered by human trafficking victims …it could be physical, mental, bullying, sexual...any activity that seeks to control and exploit human beings.  Seeing this abuse through the eyes of a victim, depicted by actors, is a chilling experience, not to be soon forgotten. 

Toe Tag Monologues, a project of Vision Theatrical Foundation, are one-act plays, telling the stories of victims. At a presentation in 2016, actor Camille Nato enthralled us with a story about "Unique" - from home to the morgue. 

See the one-act play "Unique"

 

  

 

 

 

 
Fremont Street Experience Flash Mob
 
IMG 0109 1Awareness involves attracting attention.  Flash mobs are hard to ignore.  By generating excitement and curiousity, they entice people to learn through an interactive experience.  They also gain media attention which expands the audience beyond the participants to the virtual world beyond.
 

BTCLV uses flash mobs at at our performance events - imagine walking through a casino district and suddenly being exposed to a mob with a purpose - raising awarness of human traffikcing. 

Thanks to Culture Shock Las Vegas for designing our mob dance.  

 2016 Flash Mob Video