Slavery still exists. But what does the modern day slave trade look like?
From Thursday, January 9 through Monday, January 13 you will have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a modern-day slave as part of “SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience,” an experiential exhibit at Christ the King Community Church, 4173 Meridian Street in Bellingham.
The 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 and forced labor in India to the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S. the exhibit addresses many forms of human trafficking of men, women and children worldwide.
The exhibit is appropriate for ages 13 and up.
As visitors travel through the 12 rooms they will learn about the many types of human trafficking by “becoming” a slave in a particular situation. Throughout the exhibit visitors are encouraged to do small things to connect with the slaves they are learning about. At the end of the exhibit they receive a list of actions that can be taken to help eradicate human trafficking – whether a person can offer 10 minutes or 10 hours.
The exhibit will be open Thursday, January 9, 1–9 p.m.; Friday, January 10, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Saturday, January 11 through Monday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The “SOLD” experience takes approximately one hour. Entry times are at 5-minute intervals, with a maximum of four people at a time.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
For more information about the exhibit, contact at Bob Gist at 360/224-4965.