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'SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience' Premieres May 11th in Richland, Washington

Contact: Betty Adams, 509-539-0784, 509-545-0878


RICHLAND, Wash., May 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- On May 11-20, visitors to "SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience," will have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a modern-day slave as part of the experiential exhibit at Bethel Church in Richland.


The exhibit combines technology with true stories to educate visitors about human trafficking locally and globally through the lives of victims in 9 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 USA; the exhibit addresses many forms of human trafficking of men, women and children worldwide. The exhibit is appropriate for ages 13 and up.


The exhibit was conceived by friends Amber Bruce, Jessica MacFarlan and Krista Hanson. Bruce said the exhibit is designed to give a complete understanding of what human trafficking is, motivate attendees to play their part in the fight against it and challenge people to grapple with the deeper issues of God's love, sovereignty and justice in the face of evil in the world and their part in God's plan of bringing justice.


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. The exhibit is technology friendly, and visitors are encouraged to tweet and post to Facebook pictures of themselves as trafficking victims; at the conclusion of the exhibit they can blog live about their experience.


"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 of friends worked with more than 150 volunteers from all over the community to bring the exhibit to completion. When the exhibit closes on May 20 in the Tri-Cities area, the exhibit will be available to travel to Northwest churches or events. SOLD is also placing all of their construction plans and information free online for any groups in other parts of the country that want to educate their local community by duplicating the exhibit.


For additional information visit www.soldexp.com. Those interested in the having the exhibit in their area should email: info@soldexperience.org.