“Meena” a film which tells the story of a girl who was kidnapped and held in a brothel for 12 years was released on 06.26.14.
Lucy Liu had previously produced two films on human trafficking and couldn’t say “no” when she was approached to do this film which tells the story of Meena Hasina who was 8 years old when she was kidnapped and sold to a brothel by her uncle.
Meena was raped, beaten, and held captive in the brothel where she gave birth to a daughter. She eventually escaped and returned to rescue her daughter. The nonprofit group Apne Aap provided help and support to the recovery effort for Meena and the rescue of her daughter.
Liu emphasizes the urgent need to implement policies and enforce laws to protect children and to create a safe environment for those who have been hurt so that they can receive the help and healing which they need following their rescue.
Watch for showing of this film and then watch this film so as to become even more informed and motivated to join the fight to end human trafficking.
Richard Lazere, on behalf of East Portland Rotary-End Human Trafficking