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Human Trafficking, Sex Trade Take Center Stage in EMU Theater Production


Sex trade and human trafficking take center stage as the theater department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) presents Silenced Auction, featuring the play “27 Million Voices.”

Written and directed by Elizabeth Gannaway, performances for Silenced Auction are scheduled in the Lee E. Eshleman Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8.

“The central story to be shared … is one that I have written from information gained through my travels and research of the horrors of human trafficking and the sex trade, specifically in India,” said Gannaway.

“The main character, Natya, is a 13-year-old Indian girl who has been tricked into joining and forced into staying in the sex trade. Natya’s story, though technically fictional, exemplifies very similar stories of the 27 million people trapped in slavery today.”

Performances run approximately two hours, with a 10-minute intermission.

General admission tickets are $5, or $2 for EMU Students and are available through EMU’s theater department. Call 540-432-4674 or email: theater@emu.edu.


Michael Bodner, a senior from Millersville, Pa.

Gabriel Brunk, an EMU alumnus from Harrisonburg, Va.

Laura Glick, a junior from Smoketown, Pa.

Elisha Keener, a sophomore from Mount Joy, Pa.

Thomas Millary, a sophomore from Dillsburg, Pa.

Hannah Miller, a senior from Belleville, Pa.

Holly Solomon, a junior from Harleysville, Pa.

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