The United Nations and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) invited you to the screening of ‘Sold’ to raise awareness of human trafficking.
SOLD is a feature film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick.
Based on true stories, SOLD is the story of Lakshmi who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called ‘Happiness House’ in Kolkata, India. Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as the girl in the film. SOLD is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.
Opening remarks by Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, Vice President of EESC and Deborah Seward, Director of UNRIC
The film was followed by an interactive discussion with:
- Ozark Henry – UNODC Goodwill Ambassador and musician,
- Irene Wintermayr – ILO, Policy Officer,
- Cornelius Williams – UNICEF Global Chief of Child Protection (TBC),
- Madi Sharma – Member of EESC,
- & moderated by Goedele Liekens – UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and media personality.