April 05, 2007 18:23 ET

Minors Prostituted in Farm Labor Camps Right Here in Southern California!

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 5, 2007 -- announces the next chapter in the fight to educate and prevent the trafficking of human beings: The Freedom Project -- a benefit supporting the International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, and slavery.

Join us for an enlightening evening on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 7pm. Hosted by the prestigious Hotel Menage in Orange County and sponsored by Flexfit and Fuel TV, there will be a film screening, silent art auction, fair-trade tasting room, guest speaker from IJM, a special show put on by Fuel TV and live music by Jon Foreman of the band Switchfoot, Speech from Arrested Development, and DJs Trent Dean & Linney.

Tickets are available online for $30 at, or at the door for $35.

The International Labor Office estimates human trafficking generates $32 billion annually. According to the US Department of Justice an estimated 17,500 people are forced into prostitution, sweatshops, and domestic servitude in the U.S. every year. University of San Francisco ethics professor and author of "Not For Sale," Dr. David Batstone, approximates there are around 200,000 human slaves in America right now. This "new" form of slavery is especially evident in Southern California and along the Mexican border, where NBC San Diego's Channel 4 News was able to film, and then broadcast, one Oceanside, CA human trafficking ring in action (the news clip can be viewed on YouTube now at The overwhelming evidence of, proximity to, and devastating effects of human trafficking prompted The Freedom Project.

Freedom shouldn't have to be fought for! Learn how you can help STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

For More Information on:, please visit
International Justice Mission, please visit
Hotel Menage, please visit
              Special room rates available for event.

For Press Inquiries:
Please contact Lily Beacham (LA, Orange County) at 949.257.8670 or
Tanya Fasching (San Diego) at 619.933.4076.

To schedule an interview, or for more information on this event contact:
Scott Hancock at 619.823.9367- Email: or
Lily Beacham at 949.257.8670 - Email:

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