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Call + Response: The World’s 27 Million Dirtiest Secrets

Call + Response: The World’s 27 Million Dirtiest Secrets

What are the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets?

Would you believe me if I told you it was the 27 million slaves that exist in the world today?

Believe it.

Call + Response, the first documentary of its kind, reveals the unbelievable truth that today there are more slaves in the world than ever before in history. Going deeply undercover in the most slavery rich regions of the world, Call + Response tells the stories of those women and children whose lives have become trapped in the sex, labor and child slavery systems of the world.

Call + Response reveals other shocking statistics. Did you know that:

  • Over 22 million children are sold into the sex trade every year.
  • An estimated 17,000 slaves are trafficked into the United States every year.
  • In 2007 slave traders made more money than Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined. That’s over 32 billion dollars! 

“This is wrong. This is obscene. It is foul and I’m not going to stand for it,” says Ashley Judd in the documentary trailer.  

The documentary is filled with other prominent political and cultural figures like Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, and, Nicholas Kristof.

Infused with performance from Grammy award winning and critically acclaimed artists such as Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Rocco Deluca, Call + Response is like no other documentary of our time – it’s a Rockumentary. Hailed as the “Sound of the 21st Century Abolitionist Movement,” the film uses the power of music to create a rallying cry against the world’s merciless slavery movement.   

Call + Response isn’t just a film. It’s a movement. Building off the idea that change cannot be solved alone by governments and non-projects but requires community-based participation, it has created a modern abolitionist movement to end global slavery through grassroots field projects for each aspect of human slavery: sex slavery, labor slavery, child soldiers, and child slavery. 100% of profits derived from the film, dvd, soundtrack, itunes downloads, and apparel will be used to fund projects around the world to reduce slavery and care for its victims. 

Documentaries have always interested me but as of late this one takes the cake bar none! It reminds me of Eve Ensler’s play the Vagina Monologues that created VDay, the global movement to stop violence against women and girls. In 10 years, Vday has raised over $60 million, money that has been used to fund anti-violence groups and projects in communities around the world. There is no doubt it my mind that Call + Response can be just as effective in helping putting and end to human slavery.

Find a screening near you today! Nothing in your area? Book a screening and help spread the word!

Now that you’ve heard the call, be the response! 

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2:02PM PDT on Jul 8, 2009

Okay??? Rio:: I am a vegetarian and realize what you're saying, but I am also a devout abolitionist. What you're saying has a minor ignorance to it... For the fact it is speaking of the form of human slavery, not animals. This is no debate, that is specism. You should know about that:: When one species is superior over the other. You're making it sound as if animals are better, but being a vegetarian is the point to which we are equal. So, if you wanna debate something, find a story about a hunter, the meat industry, or animal abuse. Not here. There is absolutely no reason to be saying this here. You apparently just do not realize the devastating truth on HUMAN trafficking. Broaden your intelligence to something past the animals. I see you know about their struggle, open your mind to another. And I agree with you in your aspects, BUT if you wanna get heard on animal rights change you name to something vegetarian related or whatever.

2:52PM PDT on Jun 21, 2009

Even if the slavers are caught, the victims are often treated as criminals too, especially underage victims of human sex trafficking.

2:49PM PDT on Jun 21, 2009

Rooibos - "If you aren't a vegetarian, you're guilty as charged."

What the hell is that supposed to mean?

Rooibos - "Slavery of any creature all hinges on one terrifying concept that sociologists and anthropologists unpacked and conceptualized decades ago: low or non-existent social worth means no right rights. No rights = slavery.

As long as there are any humans who can wield power over others, there will be slaves. This power comes in the form of social prestige, money, or force. So long as any being can be beaten, caged, raped or otherwise bullied into compliance to serve the purposes of another, there will be slaves.

Get rid of the concept of profiting, and there might be a chance at eliminating this form of abuse. As someone else pointed out: if a slaver - no matter what creature the slaver sells be it human or non-human - can no longer profit from their abuse of others, then there is no point in capturing, shackling and selling off others, is there?

Humans aren't the "superior species," we are the worst monsters and hypocrites imaginable."

If you took a biology class in school and learned about evolution you'd know that humans ARE animals.

2:38PM PDT on Jun 21, 2009

Human trafficking is a global problem that happens every day, and it happens right in front of us too yet we do nothing about it.

6:50PM PDT on May 18, 2009

How do people say no to this? Nobody should be sick enough to want slaves, or not want to do anything about preventing it

11:33AM PDT on May 18, 2009

Crime against humanity? Humans aren't the only creatures enslaved by other humans. Think about each of the BILLIONS of animals who are caged in squalid, miserable conditions day after day, so they can be conveniently consumed and shit out the next day by unsympathetic, selfish humans.

If you aren't a vegetarian, you're guilty as charged.

Slavery of any creature all hinges on one terrifying concept that sociologists and anthropologists unpacked and conceptualized decades ago: low or non-existent social worth means no right rights. No rights = slavery.

As long as there are any humans who can wield power over others, there will be slaves. This power comes in the form of social prestige, money, or force. So long as any being can be beaten, caged, raped or otherwise bullied into compliance to serve the purposes of another, there will be slaves.

Get rid of the concept of profiting, and there might be a chance at eliminating this form of abuse. As someone else pointed out: if a slaver - no matter what creature the slaver sells be it human or non-human - can no longer profit from their abuse of others, then there is no point in capturing, shackling and selling off others, is there?

Humans aren't the "superior species," we are the worst monsters and hypocrites imaginable.

10:11PM PDT on May 15, 2009

To end the pain and suffering in this world we first must find and cure the problem.
If slavers get no rewards for their efforts and can see no $$signs before their eyes then we can use their disinterest to end slavery for good.

7:46AM PDT on May 14, 2009

It makes me sick that there is such evil in this World. Thank you to everyone that works to put an end to this crime against humanity.

6:58AM PDT on May 14, 2009

I expect OUR USA TO....
STOP ALL SLAVERY WORLD WIDE....
NOW & FOREVER....
NOTHING LESS THAN ZERO SLAVERY....

5:28AM PDT on May 14, 2009

Yes, It is so very sad, and it can happen to your daughter in an instant. All it takes is one of these predators who are seeking out these girls to be their sex slaves to see a girl walking down a street a by herself, all they do is go an grab her, and she is gone forever. And these people will smuggle her out of the country sell her into the sex trade, and if she doesn't do what she's told she will be told that her family will be killed. And she will never ever see her family again. Now that's pretty easy for these sick pretator's isn't it? And it breaks my heart that this girl will never, ever see her family again, because these so call predator think they can do this and get away with this, and this goes on all over the world and in different countries, and then they just exchange the girls, and that's how it's gotten bigger. I live here in Ottawa, and they just had a show on about human trafficing, and I think everyone should see it, to see how easy it is for your girls to get caught up in one of their skeems and then, be gone out of your life forever. They offer your daughter a modeling job, but they have to go out of the country, you will never see your daughter again. Parents beware, and please girls out there be careful and take some self defense classes, it's good to be preventive.
Karey. M.

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