Feature film SOLD to be screened in Madison on May 19 if 60 advance tickets are sold

SOLD is a narrative, feature film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick.  A one-night showing of this film is being hosted at Marcus Point Cinemas on May 19, 7:30pm if at least 60 $10 tickets are sold in advance.

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.

It is hoped that the film will inspire a global movement to address this crime domestically and internationally.

SOLD is directed by Academy and Emmy award-winner, Jeffrey D. Brown, Executive Produced by two time Academy Award winner, Emma Thompson, Produced by Jane Charles, Co-Produced by Katie Mustard and Written by Joseph Kwong and Jeffrey D. Brown.

Purchase tickets at https://www.tugg.com/events/96324 .  SlaveFree Madison is told that in case insufficient tickets are sold to screen the movie, ticket purchases will be refunded.

The Abolitionists movie – one night screening on May 16 in Madison

This is a story about the lost children and the recue team’s exploits as they investigate and liberate enslaved children from around the world.

 On December 10th, 2013 Special Agent Tim Ballard turned in his Homeland Security badge and resigned from his employment with the United States government. He had spent over a decade rescuing children from child sex tourism both domestically and overseas. Though his job was difficult, he was proud that his country was one of very few in the world who was actually doing anything about this problem. However, mired in red tape and bureaucracy, Tim left to begin saving the children that he saw falling out of the purview of the US government. These children constitute over 90% of the children lost to child sex slavery and he could do nothing to help them while in the employment of the US government.

The Abolitionists movie runs 1:25 and is rated PG-13 (disturbing content involving trafficking of children and some sexual references)

Tickets can be purchased online for $12.50 at:


Advance purchase is recommended.  15% of ticket proceeds goes directly to saving children.

May 3, 2016, 6:30-7:30pm: Free Educational Program on Global Sex Trafficking

Free Public Program

Presented by SlaveFree Madison 

Tuesday, May 3    6:30-7:30pm

Goodman Library, 2222 South Park Street, Madison


Global Models of Sex Trafficking and Governmental Responses

Kyoko Metz is a cultural anthropologist with over twenty years of experience.  Her career has focused on heritage protection and gender issues.  In 2008 she opened her own consultancy, Context Anthropology, that evolved from heritage survey work in the Pilbara region of Western Australia into a advocacy and research based business employing over fifty professionals.  Context Anthropology also produced documentaries concentrating on gender based issues.

Kyoko’s original focus was on the trafficking of women and children into the sex industry.  She researched two cases of trafficking that ended in court.  One was of a minor trafficked from Albania into the London sex industry and the other was a group of Thai women trafficked into Australia.  Kyoko has conducted research for the Walk Free Foundation, looking at the government response to trafficking, for inclusion into the Global Slavery Index of 2014.  Her Master’s in Global Diplomacy and Negotiation centered on 'Negotiating with Terrorist Groups’. 

Kyoko will discuss trafficking within the global agora. Her talk will touch on the various methods utilized by traffickers and the global government response in addressing sending, transit and destination countries. While much of the discussion will focus on sex trafficking, it will also touch on trafficking for labor and forced marriage.  A reading and reference list will be provided for further information.