Amber Stevens was only 16-years-old when she snuck out of her home and went to a party to rebel against her parents’ decision not to let her go on a trip over spring break. It was typical teenage behavior — not exactly a good life choice but not unheard of in adolescents.
But, instead of getting grounded, Amber vanished.
She was drugged and forced into sex trafficking, sold to a pimp who moved her around to different hotels to keep her hidden. For eight days, Amber was passed around to more than 50 men before police rescued her.
It’s a tragic yet true story with a happy ending, but far too many trafficking stories don’t turn out this way. Amber’s kidnapping and rescue inspired the movie ““8 Days,” a film made in cooperation with Department of Homeland Security and produced to raise awareness about human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world,” says Bo Williams, public relations chair with the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force. “It is a problem anywhere there are people, including right here in the Tennessee Valley. We work on the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force to help people keep themselves safe, as well as recognize the signs that others may be held against their will. Awareness events like this are a big part of the effort.”
Now, Huntsville can watch the film for free. The North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force will show “8 DAYS” on July 24 at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Madison. Task force members will be on hand following the movie to answer any questions you may have about human trafficking.
Bo also cautions the film is unsettling and likely inappropriate for young children, so please keep that in mind when making your plans to attend.
You can watch the “8 DAYS” trailer below.
You can also check out the Facebook event page.
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