Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4:00pm to 7:00pm


Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138


Please join the Carr Center & the South Asia Institute for a screening of the new movie “Trafficked”, based on the award winning book 'Sex Trafficking' by Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, with time for questions from the audience.

Please RSVP here.

This event is open & free to the public. Admittance is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Refreshments will be served. Reception from 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • Siddharth Kara, Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Author of “Sex Trafficking”, Screenwriter & Producer of “Trafficked”
  • Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Anne Archer, Academy Award-nominated actress, lead of “Trafficked”, activist

Moderator: Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

About the Film:

Millions of vulnerable girls worldwide are being ensnared by human traffickers into the insidious world of sex slavery and exploited relentlessly to generate profits of one hundred billion dollars a year. That is more than the annual profits of Google, Microsoft, Nike and Starbucks combined. Inspired by real characters from the award winning book 'Sex Trafficking' by Siddharth Kara, this is the story of three such girls from America, Nigeria and India. After being trafficked through an elaborate global network of illicit human, organ, and drug trafficking, all three girls end up as sex slaves in a brothel in Texas. Together they attempt to escape their enslavement and reclaim their freedom.

Inspired by real characters, three girls, from different parts of the world, America, Nigeria and India are trafficked through an elaborate global network and enslaved in a Texas brothel. They must band together to attempt a daring escape to reclaim their freedom.

About Siddharth Kara:

Siddharth Kara is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS. He is recognized as an expert on contemporary slavery and is best known for his award-winning book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, the first of three books he is writing on the subjects of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Sex Trafficking was named co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. The award is generally regarded as the top prize in the field of slavery scholarship, and Kara's is the first book on modern slavery to receive the award. In addition to his books, Kara has authored several academic and law journal articles.

Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, he has traveled to twenty-five countries across six continents to research these crimes, interviewing over a thousand former and current slaves of all kinds, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and confronting some of those who trafficked and exploited them.

Kara currently advises the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on antislavery research, policy and law. His second book on slavery, Bonded Labor: Inside the System of Slavery in South Asia is scheduled to be published in 2012. Kara is a regular contributor to the CNN Freedom Project, and his ongoing research into slavery around the world has been covered by CNN, the BBC, and CNBC.

Previously, Kara was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, then ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm. He holds a law degree from England, MBA from Columbia University, and BA from Duke University.