Inspired by the class discussion and research done at McClung Museum for the novel Oroonoko (1688), the students in Dr. Misty Anderson’s English 411 (Literature of the Restoration and Early 18th- Century: Dryden to Pope: The Coffee House) have put together an event that offers UT students and the Knoxville community a chance to learn about human trafficking in our area and find out how to help. “Human Trafficking on Rocky Top” will be held on November 17th, from 7-9pm, in the Baker Center.
This project started in English 411 (British Literature 1660-1740) during a discussion that gained a sense of urgency as the students became aware that the problem of human trafficking is not over. Working with the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking and South Carrick Hall, this event aims to bring awareness to the local sex trafficking industry, how it’s permeating our own society, and what you can do to help stop this modern-day slavery.
Trafficking is not a faraway evil, but a crime that is occurring daily in our own neighborhoods. Human trafficking is the 2nd most lucrative criminal industry worldwide, after drug trafficking, bringing in approximately $32 billion annually. Today’s slaves are forced into labor, service, or sex slavery to make money for their “owners.” You see, the same people who traffic drugs and weapons realize that selling people is more profitable and less risky. An estimated 27 million people are enslaved around the world today, which is more people enslaved than in any other time in history.
The students of English 411 invite anyone to join them for a presentation on the topic by local experts and an involvement fair to follow. They wish to thank UT Honors, Dr. Amadou Sall, the McClung Museum, the Baker Center, and the English Department for their support and encouragement.