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Film festival shows realities of modern-day slavery

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison group wants to spread awareness about human trafficking happening nationwide, as well as locally.

SlaveFree Madison put on its fourth annual film festival Saturday that focuses on U.S. teens and trafficking.

The film festival had three movies that explored the topic.  Each of the movies were followed by a discussion.  Local law enforcement, outreach service providers, and former trafficking victims talked about their experiences with trafficking crimes.

The organization hopes to educate people about the issue that affects their local community more than they might know.

"We want people to be aware that it happens here, and not just in foreign countries," says Chair of SlaveFree Madison Jessica Moran.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  The group is showing the films again next Saturday at the Fitchburg Public Library.

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