The statistics are staggering — approximately 27 million people are in slavery today — yet many people don’t know that sex trafficking exists.
Maya Lea Osterman seeks to inform audiences about the realities of sex trafficking with her one-woman show, “For Sale,” which she will perform tonight in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center.
Osterman worked with Carolina Against Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), a student organization that advocates for a world without slavery, to bring her show to campus.
The show tells stories that are rooted in actual survivors' accounts that Osterman heard firsthand during her six years of research. During this time she spoke to survivors, FBI agents, law enforcement and nonprofit organizations from across the country.
Osterman said her interest in the issue began in high school when she performed for a theater company that was connected to Planned Parenthood and continued while at the University of Colorado Boulder where she was further exposed to theater for social change.
During the final semester of her Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Osterman and her 10 classmates were required to produce an original show. She said she pushed for it to be based on social justice, and the group decided on sex trafficking as their focus.
The group created a show called “Boom Boom Yum Yum,” and afterward, Osterman kept working on it and eventually created “For Sale.”
“I honestly tried to push myself to do anything in the show that terrified me,” she said.
Osterman has performed the show at several universities across the country and said she geared the show to this audience because she believes it is the best platform for real action to happen.