Hofstra Students Tackle Human Trafficking
By Jainnie Hackman, Hofstra InterVarsity Staff
Imagine walking on your campus and seeing life sized cages with your fellow classmates in them duct-taped at the mouth and hands shackled. What would you think? What would you say? At Hofstra University, many passers-by were caught unaware but struck with a very captivating image. Some were horrified and rose to support the cause while others in anger to what the signs said stomped away. What exactly did these cages represent? Why such a drastic visual?
A group of 7 Hofstra IV students supported by the larger fellowship met weekly to plan out details on how they would bring about such a devastating issue to light on their campus. One of the students, Maria Berruti, suggested they make life sized cages. Each cage would depict an aspect of human trafficking- sex labor, human labor and pornography. The cages were carefully made with PVC pipes, welded together and then painted. After gathering facts from reliable sources such as the Department of Labor and International Justice Mission, they carefully wrote these statistics on boards that would accompany the cages. Their next step was to ask the school for campus space to place these cages.
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