The Film, Taken, An Action Packed Thriller That Starred Irish Actor, Liam Neeson

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In 2008, Twentieth Century Fox released the blockbuster film, Taken, an action-packed thriller that starred Irish actor, Liam Neeson. He portrays the character, Brian Mills, a former CIA agent who experiences the horrific ordeal of his daughter’s abduction while she and her friend are visiting Paris, France. The viewer learns that Mills’ daughter has been abducted by an Albanian sex-trafficking gang, with the sole intent of selling her as a prostitute for high profit in Europe. This movie adeptly exposes the shameful truth of a very real problem in today’s society. While Hollywood and television networks highlight the problem of modern slavery, the reality is that this form of enslavement is a widespread and tragic issue throughout the…show more content…
Finally, survivors have proposed serious measures for change, as well as the eradication of human trafficking. It continues to be the fastest growing illegal industry in the United States. Indeed, it may be profitable, but capitalism does not justify the crimes against humanity. U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry emphasized, “money may be able to buy a lot of things, but it should never, ever be able to buy another human being.”
In the United States, millions of men, women, and children are enslaved for the profit of human traffickers. In fact, as noted in a recent Free the Slaves report, “there are tens of millions of people trapped in various forms of slavery throughout the world today. Researchers estimate that twenty-one (21) to thirty-six (36) million are enslaved worldwide, generating $150 billion each year in illicit profits for traffickers.” As astounding and horrifying these statistics may be, modern forms of slavery persist in the United States. It exists in every city, in small communities, and in rural areas. Once individuals are trapped, they are exploited as a slave. It is a heinous offense against numerous individuals, for the victims are held against their will. However, “unlike other forms it assumed in the past centuries, slavery today, almost never involves the legal buying and selling of the individuals.” From the mid-fifteenth
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