The Berkeley musician rockumentary on human trafficking, “CALL+RESPONSE,” opens Oct. 10. It pairs celebrities with indie musicians to help raise awareness of the global issue.
You made this movie with no film industry contacts or experience. What prompted this kind of a project? I took my band to Russia and these younger girls were hanging around because they had never seen a rock band. We started hearing all these job opportunities being offered to them … [that] were scams by human traffickers. … They were desperate to come to the States and these people were preying upon their ambition. It made me angry this could happen out in the open.
Do you think slavery is regarded by most people as something behind us? It’s certainly what I thought. Slavery, emancipation, abolition — it seems like eighth-grade history terms. But today, people are being forced to work and can’t leave under the threat of death, and that’s slavery.
How has globalization increased the problem? It’s so easy to move people around now. You can make more money off a person than guns or drugs.