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“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
-Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This Monday, on the day this nation celebrates the birth of civil rights champion Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it seems appropriate that TTT spends this day taking a critical look into the modern-day forms of human exploitation and enslavement. These crimes disproportionately affect those in our society who are poor, abused from a young age, and psychologically conditioned to believe they are not worthy of a better situation than they are in.
The month of January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month and TruthToTell has put together a special two-part series in which we take a deeper look at how victims get sucked in to trafficking situations and what some brave victims, survivors and advocates are doing to help them break free from their oppressors.
This week, TTT’s Michelle Alimoradi talks with local journalist Bukola Oriola. Bukola is a survivor of labor trafficking and has now dedicated her work as a journalist to advocating for human trafficking victims and survivors through community education and survivor support with her organization, The Enitan Story. In 2012, she wrote a memoir entitled, Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim, she also hosts an advocacy program on North Metro Cable Access TV in Blaine called Imprisoned Show.
Tune in Monday at 9am when Michelle and Bukola talk about the psychology of victims, why they often don’t ask for help while they’re being victimized, and discuss how each of us as concerned citizens can maintain a healthy, helpful level of awareness to curb these fast-growing, heinous crimes.
BUKOLA ORIOLA- Labor Trafficking survivor, Journalist, Human Trafficking Advocate, Founder, The Enitan Story, Author, Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim, Producer/Host, Imprisoned Show