If you are looking for a vacation destination this fall, consider traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio and visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC). NURFC opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since opening, more than 1.3 million people have visited NURFC's permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom.

Many of these programs take place in the Harriet Tubman Theater, a full auditorium style theater with stadium seating. On Thursday, September 6th at 2PM, this venue will host a screening of the film Tikli and Laxmi Bomb in partnership with the Indian Film Festival, an annual celebration of South Asian cinema. Admission to Tikli is free with the purchase of a general admission museum ticket. 

Laxmi Malwankar is a sex worker in Mumbai who works on S.V. road and has been part of Mumbai's thriving sex trade for nearly two decades. She's 40, jaded and at some level has a deep seated loyalty towards Mhatre, the pimp, who takes care of all the girls on that street.

Putul, 22, hails from Bangladesh and Mhatre the pimp has brought her to Laxmi to be taught the ropes. Putul, rebellious as she is, is full of questions about how this system works and why all the men in this system of prostitution profess to provide protection but then end up becoming predators themselves from whom then there is no protection.

Living in what could well be the strata of society that is most oppressed by Patriarchy, as it doesn't even officially exist in India, can these girls actually forge a new path for sex workers in the country? Or do they rise only to finally be overcome by a claustrophobic man's world?

While you're at NURFC, be sure and view the museum's permanent display on modern-day slavery, Invisible: Slavery Today. This exhibit is the world's first museum-quality, permanent exhibition on the subjects of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Forms of Abolition:
Awareness, Empowerment

Forms of Slavery:
Sex Trafficking