On National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Tuesday, January 11, 2011, the Dayton International Peace Museum will open an original multi-media exhibit: Under Our Noses: Modern Day Slavery and What You Can Do About It. The exhibit examines the complex and sobering facts of human trafficking as it is conducted not only globally, but within the United States and in the State of Ohio . Visitors will receive an eye-opening introduction to the wide-spread practice of human trafficking, and learn of opportunities to personally combat trafficking on the local, state and national levels.
For most Americans, the word “slavery” conjures up only a shameful distant past, and the devastating civil war that put an end to that shame. “Many Ohioans, if they are aware at all of the global trade in human beings, have no idea how extensive, thriving and profitable an industry it is, and they are completely unaware that it happens right here in the cities and suburbs of Ohio,” said University of Dayton Political Science and Human Rights Studies Professor Anthony Talbott, whose students had the opportunity to earn credit in his Fall, 2010 Human Trafficking course by contributing to the research and design of the exhibit. “We hope this exhibit will increase local awareness of a very serious problem that affects us right here in Dayton .”
The public is invited to the exhibit opening, including light refreshments, at 5.30 P.M on the 11th. The program will feature galvanizing talks by Professor Talbott and visiting activist Sharla Musabih, an American-United Arab Emirates citizen, who is now exiled from the UAE, where her husband and six children still live, for her outspoken work sheltering and advocating for victims of domestic violence, rape and international human trafficking in Dubai .
Under Our Noses: Modern Day Slavery and What You Can Do About It will be on display at the Dayton International Peace Museum through February.
Admission is free and free off-street parking is available at the rear of the building. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at http://www.daytonpeacemuseum.org/ or call 937-227-3223.