Bigfoot Entertainment CEO and Fashion One Foundation Board Member, Ashley Jordan was invited by the Qatar Foundation For Combating Human Trafficking as one of the speakers on the 3rd Doha Forum on Combating Human Trafficking held last January 22-23 in Doha, Qatar.
Ms. Jordan talks about the active role of media in raising awareness on the issue of human trafficking as Fashion One Foundation premiered The Girl With No Number, a Bigfoot Entertainment’s production, through its television network, Fashion One, to support the Human Trafficking Awareness Day in cooperation with Fashion Hope.
Human Trafficking is a global issue. 2.5M each year are victims of human trafficking. It is not just happening in 3rd world countries like Asia or Africa where people are traded around like goods. It is also happening in the US, Paris and all over. We hear reports of females being kidnapped and sold as sex slaves to the highest bidder, or mail order brides “bought,” or even children forced into labor. Anyone, even your next-door neighbor or a billionaire living in the Hamptons, can be guilty of Human Trafficking.
Bigfoot Entertainment is an international entertainment company specializing in the production of films and television programmes. The company produced a controversial film The Girl With No Number that depicts the story of a young Vietnamese girl that worked in garment factory who leaves her home in search of work, and ends up being coerced into marrying a foreigner to help support her family – a predominant form of human trafficking happening across the regions today.
The Girl With No Number was shown on Bigfoot’s international television network, Fashion One, through the efforts of its non-profit charity arm, Fashion One Foundation.
“We aim to spotlight and support other non-profits. As a media outlet, we utilize our reach to further education and bring awareness to key social issues today,” explains Ms. Jordan, “In the film The Girl With No Number, we want to bring the issue of human trafficking to light, and support organizations who are actively invoking this cause in the process. We are looking forward to work with other organizations who are in need of a venue for their voices to be heard.”
About THE GIRL WITH NO NUMBER
MISSION of the FILM
- Shed light on this sensitive topic of human trafficking from a first person point of view and bring awareness to this impending issue
- Provide a different perspective: the issue on hand unfortunately has no borders and is a worldwide epidemic
By utilizing our facilities – we aim to spread awareness and education to further curve the existence of human trafficking around the world.
As a media entity we encourage other players in the industry to follow suit and do what is possible to encourage positive action in issues that affect our society today.
Also we are using the Foundation to donate to non-profits that are making a difference with rehabilitation, such as Fashion Hope, and work closely together with these organizations in delivering their causes.
About the Forum
According to the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser (God bless her), the Arab Initiative for Building National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking, was sponsored by the State of Qatar and launched through the cooperation between the Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking (QFCHT), The Arab League, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Third Doha Forum on Combating Human Trafficking to be held on January 22nd – 23rd 2013, with the main theme “Contemporary trends in combating human trafficking”, is part of the efforts exerted to promote the Arab Initiative.