If you are in Times Square today, you will be able to see the above message live. The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), a coalition of U.S.-based anti-slavery groups—of which Free the Slaves is a founding member—has set up this PSA to be run in the New York City hot spot. The ad will spread the message that “slavery lives” to potentially millions of people. (According to Times Square’s website, 500,000 people go through Times Square every day, and more than 10 million viewers see Times Square through television broadcasts!)
In a press release about this PSA, ATEST says “‘Slavery Lives,’ come[s] at a critical time for those who seek to end all forms of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. In the coming months, the Obama administration and Congress will debate renewal of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA), the cornerstone of U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking in the United States and around the world.”
Let Obama know that the passage of TVPRA is of crucial importance! Sign ATEST’s petition and find out more about their “slavery lives” campaign here!
And watch the second “Slavery Lives” PSA after the jump!