NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On Friday, August 21, Tumulty’s Pub is hosting a special event to promote opposition to human trafficking occurring all over the world.
The event, entitled “Night for a New Day,” will run from 8:00 p.m. until midnight in the basement of the pub, located at 361 George Street.
It will be hosted by local musician and artist Silent Knight, from The Band Called Fuse, and will feature musical performances from Highland Society, Sad Lips, and Foxanne.
New Brunswick’s own Kevin Seamon will also be performing stand-up comedy, and Carol Metzker, the author of “Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery,” will be signing copies of her book.
The event is sponsored by Tumulty’s Pub, and there is a suggested $5 donation, with all funds going towards survivors and victims of human trafficking.
Caitlyn Tumulty, whose family owns the pub, has been advocating for an end to human trafficking, as well as helping victims and survivors in the area.
“On July 20, I read news reports about three New Jersey residents who were arrested for allegedly luring a young woman to the region to work as a model, then forcing her to dance in a strip club in Philadelphia,” Tumulty said.
“This is just one face of human trafficking and one case. There are many forms and they all need to stop. Our community can take a stand against this injustice and we can lend a hand to victims after they’ve been rescued.”
“Human trafficking” can include modern-day slavery and sex trafficking.
UNICEF’s 2014 Global Slavery Index reports that there is an estimated 35.8 million slaves worldwide, with the majority of them being children. The report states that 2 million children are forced into commercial sexual exploitation with the global sex trade.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”
According the United Nations, “Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.”
“Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.”
The Global Financial Integrity’s report on Transnational Crime in the Developing World determined that human trafficking is a massive global issue with a black market that generates over $31 billion a year, primarily based on the sale or trade of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation.
Trafficking is also prevalent in the United States, especially in the vicinity of major events where large numbers of wealthy people come together, such as the annual NFL Super Bowl.
In response to New Jersey hosting the 2014 Super Bowl, Tumulty hosted a similar educational event in late 2013.
New Brunswick has also had its experience with human trafficking.
In 2014, New Brunswick Today reported on the arrest of three New Brunswick residents and a Somerset resident, who were allegedly connected with managing eight different brothels in five New Jersey cities, including the Hub City.