Mira Sorvino encourages CSUB to stand against human trafficking

By Christopher Mateo/Editor-in-Chief

By Christopher Mateo

Editor-in-Chief

 

Good Will Ambassador for Global Fight against Human Trafficking Mira Sorvino visited the CSU Bakersfield campus to talk about  the dangers and importance of fighting human trafficking.

The Dore Theater filled with CSU Bakersfield students and members of the Bakersfield community as the Kegley Institute of Ethics hosted their 31st Annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture.

 The lecture was focused on encouraging the audience to understand and persuade them to stand against human trafficking.

 “Hopefully [the victims’] stories will affect you so that you find your own personal path to abolitionism that you can yourselfs do something effective to stop slavery in your town,” said Sorvino.

 For the first part of the Sorvino explained the start of her interest in the fight against human trafficking.

 “I came to human trafficking out of the passion for investigating and fighting the [othering] of people, groups their treatments as subhuman, the devastating effects of switching off empathy,” said Sorvino. “Investigating prejudice, racism, and sexism became a passionate thing for me.”

 Sorvino explained to the audience, that human trafficking affects everyone. It does not matter what kind of economic background, what race they are and or what gender the victim is.

 According to Sorvino, the motives behind the trafficker in enslaving someone is simply to make money.

Co-founder Jacquelyn Kegley and Mayor Karen Goh joined the lecture on the global fight against human trafficking presented by Mira Sorvino on Tuesday, April 18.
By Karina Diaz/The Runner

 “In order for a trafficker to treat somebody as subhuman and as a thing, all they have to do is see an economic profit to be made off of them,” said Sorvino. “ If they can make money off of that person they will brutalize them, they will rape them, they will beat them, they will rape them in the service of making a profit off of them and others like them.”

 According to Sorvino she thought that just understanding the root of racism, sexism and prejudice would help the world stop it from happening.

 Sorvino was stunned  when she realized that when it came to human trafficking, the traffickers only think about the profit they will be making out of a victim.

 She explained that money is the root evil in the case of human trafficking because  the abusers will put victims through anything just to profit.

 According to Sorvino human trafficking is estimated to make $150 billion per year making it the second most profitable criminal enterprise, being surpassed by the drug trafficking.

 For the second part of the lecture Sorvino went into anecdotes from when she met survivors of human trafficking.

 One anecdote was of a woman who was a sanctuary for women who have been victims of human trafficking. That woman at one point upset a pimp she was working for and he punished her.

 “One day she was insubordinate with him, said something wrong and he took an iron to her and then took the same iron the baby’s face, and the little baby was the toddler that I saw standing behind her. It didn’t compute that this was her daughter but now I saw it,” said Sorvino.

 To end her lecture Sorvino provided a plethora of resources the audience can use to help report and participate against human trafficking. Including some of the resources Bakersfield has to offer.

  

United Nations goodwill ambassador Mira Sorvino served as the guest lecturer for the 31st annual Charles W. Kegley memorial lecture on Tuesday, April 18.
By Karina Diaz/ The Runner

No Comment

RELATED BY

Advertisement

Bakersfield Escape Room College Night October 20-22

Upcoming Events

Oct
19
Thu
6:00 pm Walter Presents Series: Document... @ Dezember Reading Room
Walter Presents Series: Document... @ Dezember Reading Room
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Walter Presents: Documentary Film, American Migrant Stories Be among the first to watch the premier showing of American Migrant Stories, a film from the Social Justice Institute, exploring the harrowing stories of deportations and the[...]
Oct
20
Fri
3:00 pm New Jack City Rock Climbing Over...
New Jack City Rock Climbing Over...
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This high desert rock climbing haven just south of Barstow offers hundreds of climbs. New Jack City is perfect for beginners and experienced climbers alike. The rock is an unusual metamorphic rock of volcanic origin[...]
5:30 pm Party in the Park 2017 @ Alumni Park, Don Hart East Lawn
Party in the Park 2017 @ Alumni Park, Don Hart East Lawn
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Annual Party in the Park event for the Alumni Association. Pre-sale tickets available through Eventbrite. Event open to community members, CSUB alumni, faculty, staff. Silent Auction items available, provided from local community members and businesses.[...]
Oct
21
Sat
7:00 am Runner Dance Marathon @ Student Union
Runner Dance Marathon @ Student Union
Oct 21 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunrise to sunset on Saturday, October 21, 2017, CSUB students and community members 18+ will unite to “Dance For Kids Who Can’t” in this charity event to raise funds for the children’s hospital in Bakersfield.[...]
8:00 am 2017 Heart and Stroke Walk @ Amphitheatre, Campus
2017 Heart and Stroke Walk @ Amphitheatre, Campus
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
11:00 am First Aid/CPR/AED class @ Student Recreation Center - Solario de Fortaleza North
First Aid/CPR/AED class @ Student Recreation Center - Solario de Fortaleza North
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
1:00 pm CSUB Edible Garden Community Bui... @ SCI III Lawn Area
CSUB Edible Garden Community Bui... @ SCI III Lawn Area
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us for a family-friendly community event as we build the CSUB Edible Garden planters. Park in Lot I (near Icardo Center) and follow signs to our shaded workspace. There will be a variety of[...]

This Week’s Issue