“RedLight” – Mu Sochua and Human Trafficking

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on November 19, 2010

On the evening of November 16, 2010, Fairfield University, together with the Connecticut Council of Vital Voices Global Partnership, welcomed Mu Sochua, a member of the Cambodian Parliament, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.  Sochua, who has dedicated her life to empowering women and children who are caught up in the horrors of sex and child trafficking, delivered a lecture on “RedLight,” a highly acclaimed documentary on human trafficking.

Invited by Dr. Gita Rajan, Professor of English, Mu Sochua addressed students, faculty, and members of the community about human trafficking in her country and around the world. On Saturday, November 13th, she also participated in a Q&A with director Guy Jacobson after an 8 p.m. screening of his film RedLight at the Seabury Center. A select set of students attended this screening. Her work is highlighted in the film, which uses footage smuggled out of the brothels as well as harrowing testimonials from victims. This is a timely topic for students to learn about because the United Nations has targeted human trafficking as one of the grave dangers facing vulnerable women and children around the world.

As a female student at Fairfield, I was moved by this first-hand account of injustice, even though it was difficult to listen because of the severity of the crimes committed against those enslaved in human trafficking. Sochua used her own experiences to help weave the stories of all the lives she has seen affected by human trafficking, and spoke to her audience with strength and understanding. Although a tough topic to discuss, this event proved to me that people are strong and can rise up out of darkness, and that people like Mu Sochua are out there to give voice to the voiceless and stand up against the oppressive.

Learn more about the film here.

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