Film Screening: “Secret Slaves of the Middle East”


Every year, millions of people are trafficked around the world. Human traffickers prey on individuals of all ages and backgrounds including women, men, and children; exploiting them for their own profit.

Human trafficking, Trafficking in Persons (TIP) or ‘modern slavery’ is a growing challenge in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), both as a source, transit, and destination country. Forced Labor, including domestic servitude is one of the most common forms of human trafficking, both globally and here in Iraq and the KRI. Since 2014, SEED has supported 532 survivors of trafficking, among those, 346 of them are survivors of forced labor, including domestic servitude.

To highlight this grave issue, the Centre for Peacebuilding and Dialogue in UKH has collaborated with  SEED Foundation for the screening of the film “Secret Slaves of the Middle East”.

The film illustrates the life of domestic workers in Lebanon, with a focus on how the violation of labor laws can impact the protection of foreign domestic workers, and how they are often trapped and prevented from leaving the country or changing their employer. 

This film is particularly relevant, as these circumstances are not uncommon to many countries in the Middle East, including Iraq. 

Following the screening, a short discussion will take place with SEED Foundation’s Legal Coordinator, Shivan Raoof and Lieutenant Colonel Sardar Yahya Fadheel, Head of Anti-Trafficking Police Erbil– The Directorate of Combating Organized Crimes, about human trafficking in Iraq, including Kurdistan Region, and discuss the relevance of the film. 

Film Duration: 40 minutes.
The film screening is open to our students and staff per registration.
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