Human trafficking is a devastating and urgent crime that affects every country and community around the world. But it is an issue that is often hidden in plain sight.
Children make up almost one-third of trafficked persons worldwide. The voices of these children need to be heard. Because when our stories are heard and understood, we can begin to heal.
Paradise Highway is one such story that is representative of the thousands of children who are trafficked, and how the people they encounter play a role in how their story ends. In tragedy — or in hope and healing.
ICMEC Switzerland hosted a fundraising event and screening to bring awareness to stories like these. To kick off the evening, ICMEC premiered a brand new PSA featuring Paradise Highway cast member Cameron Monaghan who plays Special Agent Sterling.
The film’s director Anna Gutto joined the film’s producer, Claudia Bluemhuber, and child protection expert Caroline Humer for a Q&A following the screening. The event was hosted by long time board member Franz Humer and Majo Fruithof Humer.
Everyone has a role to play in keeping children safe. The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is committed to equipping you with knowledge, tools, and resources so that you can play an active role in preventing, identifying, and supporting those who have experienced exploitation. Through collaborations like this one, we hope to raise awareness for an issue that is hidden in plain sight — in your town, your community — and embolden you to join the fight for a safer world for every child.
Learn more about how you can help identify and stop human trafficking and exploitation. Visit icmec.org/trafficking.
Footage used with permission. Paradise Highway, a film by Anna Gutto. Cast: Juliette Binoche (Sally), Frank Grillo (Dennis), Hala Finley (Leila), Cameron Monaghan (Special Agent Sterling), Veronica Ferres (Rose), Christiane Seidel (Claire), Morgan Freeman (Gerick). Produced by Claudia Bluemhuber, Georgia Bayliff, and Michael Leahy. A Lionsgate film.