Jason Gomez

Ben Hur Movie Review

Staring Charlton Heston this movie was made in 1959. Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor, his old friend Messala arrives as the commanding officer of the Roman legions. Ben-Hur and Messala are happy to reunite after years apart, but politics divide them. During the welcome parade a brick falls down from Judah’s house and barely misses the governor. Although Messala knows that his family is not at fault, he sends Ben Hur to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. Judah swears to come back and take revenge. While on a slave ship every man but Judah is entangled in chains. The ships takes on too much water and eventually sinks but before doing so Ben Hur saves Arrius’s life. AThis person turns out to be Jesus Christ and Ben-Hur can do nothing as he watches the crucifixion.rrius is a well known Roman comander with close ties to Tiberius Julius Ceasar Augustus. Ceasar drops the attempt of murder charges making Judah Ben-Hur a free man. After saving his family while in Golgotha he attempts to help a man he met earlier in his travels. This man turns out to be Jesus Christ and Ben can do nothing as he watches the crucifixion.

Human Trafficing and Slavery Today

Each year, 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide, according to the United Nations. The Organisation for Security in Europe estimates that 200,000 individuals are trafficked annually from eastern Europe, the vast majority being children. Some become unpaid domestic servants, or work in sweatshops, but many teenage boys and girls are forced into prostitution and crime. Cambodia and Thailand are both known for there child trafficking/prostitution. Not only is this a problem in “3rd World Countries” but a raging epidemic. Many families will sell all but one of there children for as low as $150. Children have been reportedly sold as young as 5 while almost none are older than 18. These children are transported to other countries such as Japan, China, India, Thailand, and Malaysia. From a survey conducted in Cambodia nearly 40% of the child prostitues are HIV positive. A study of more than 6,000 shows that 1/3 children between the ages of 12-16 are brutally beaten on a daily basis. Not only are these children kept in harsh conditions but they are often given drugs to prevent them from running away. If they do attempt to run away they will experiece extreme withdrawls. Many people believe that human trafficking is something only occuring in the most distant of lands, but this is simply not true. Every year thousands of American children are sold into slavery, often in major cities such as Log Angeles and New York. 

http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/cambodia.htm

http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/about/slavery/

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