Mumbai — A new Indian movie about human trafficking starring Freida Pinto and Demi Moore is to be screened in towns and villages around the country to raise awareness of a crime that affects millions. Love Sonia, which traces the journey of a young girl trafficked from rural India into the global sex trade, hits cinemas this week after screenings on the international festival circuit. Director Tabrez Noorani said he wanted to champion "hope and courage" and raise awareness of trafficking around the world. "I want to show that the crime of trafficking is not restricted to, say, India or China. It’s a global problem," Noorani told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. "Everyone has to be aware … that it’s happening in their backyard," he said. Slaves India is home to about 8-million slaves, according to the latest figures from the Australian-based Walk Free Foundation. Government figures show that India recorded more than 8,000 human trafficking cases in 2016 — 20% higher than the ...

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