SOLD Experience brings awareness to human trafficking

Last Updated 6 October, 2015

Northwest Nazarene University invites the community to join in a human trafficking awareness event. September 16 – 18 , “SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience” is coming to the NNU campus and College Church of the Nazarene to educate the community.

This week will include a SOLD representative speaking at NNU’s chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. in the NNU Brandt Center and a multi-sensory experience held at College Church Wednesday through Friday. Both events are free and open to the public.

Visitors to the SOLD Experience will have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a modern-day slave. The multi-sensory exhibit combines technology with true stories to educate visitors about human trafficking—locally and globally—through the lives of victims in nine different parts of the world. From child soldiers in South Sudan to forced labor in India to the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the USA, the exhibit addresses the many forms of trafficking of men, women and children worldwide. The exhibit takes about one hour to experience and is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

SOLD was conceived by friends Amber Bruce, Jessica MacFarlan and Krista Hanson in response to learning there are 27 million slaves in the world today—more than any other time in human history. Realizing there were probably a lot of people in their area who, like themselves, were unaware of how big a problem trafficking is worldwide, the friends decided to do something about it: “Human trafficking is a pervasive evil that is largely unknown and misunderstood. Shedding light on this issue is the first step in combating it. When we are aware, we can make a difference,” said Bruce.

The trio worked with more than 150 volunteers from all over the Tri-Cities (Wash.) community to bring the exhibit to completion. The exhibit is currently available to travel the Northwest area. SOLD is also making all of their construction plans and information available online for free for any groups in other parts of the country that want to educate their local community by duplicating the exhibit.

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The SOLD Experience is available for viewing at College Church of the Nazarene (504 E. Dewey St., Nampa) at the following days and times: Sept. 16, 11:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sept. 18, 11:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.