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Author Tackles Human Trafficking In New Canaan Talk

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NEW CANAAN, CONN. -- Grace Farms in New Canaan will host author Corban Addison as he discusses his new fiction book that focuses on forced labor and human trafficking.

The discussion begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. The book, "A Harvest of Thorns,'' is a dramatic fictional account, based on real cases, of forced labor, criminal abuse, and human trafficking in the supply chain of global companies.

The book opens in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble, a bystander captures a heart-stopping photograph—a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-story fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America’s largest retailers.

Addison’s novel delves into the human stories behind the issue of modern slavery and illuminates the often hidden ties of traffickers to big business.

Corban Addison’s reading and talk will be followed by a discussion featuring Grace Farms Foundation Justice Initiative Director, Krishna Patel; Kilian Moote, Project Director for KnowTheChain at Humanity United; Ben Skinner, Principal and Founder of Transparentem; and Joseph Schmidt, CEO and Founder of Audacity Factory.

The afternoon will introduce Grace Farms Foundation’s focus on supply chain transparency and its potential impact on human trafficking. Addison’s talk will help open a dialogue here in Connecticut on issues of modern-day slavery and how consumers can promote change in the system.

The event is free. Grace Farms is located at 365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan.

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