Sex trafficking is big business. Girls of all ages are enslaved, brainwashed, beaten, raped and humiliated daily. Most people who fight for the freedom and rehabilitation of these sex slaves are ordinary people who work to make a difference and speak for the voiceless. These people follow their hearts to do what they can in small and big ways so that one day people can beat sex slavery and be free.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Our First Promo Video!

In June we filmed Tri4Freedom's 27-Hour Triathlon.  This is the first of many events we will film for the documentary.  It also is a great example of the context for the documentary.  Paula is an athlete with a vision to do whatever she can to end human trafficking.  Here is a 3-4 minute trailer from footage of the event and follow up interviews with the athletes.

Heart.Beats.Slavery Promotional Trailer from T.S. Green on Vimeo.

We hope this video helps clarify the vision for this documentary. Feel free to follow up with questions! Thanks!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Website Launch!

I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Heart.Beats.Slavery website! 
Follow this link to visit and please provide feedback:

A huge thanks goes to David Cummings and Top Dog Marketing for building the website. 

Along with the site launch, 
I decided to get all the HBS social media started all at once.  

Follow Heart.Beats.Slavery on Twitter: @HBSdocumentary

And please consider supporting to this important film production via PayPal 
(follow PayPal link on this blog or the link on the new site), 
purchasing a t-shirt (see previous post), 
or email us at 
for other ways to donate or support Heart.Beats.Slavery!

Website, Facebook, and Twitter!  Oh my!

Filming starts Fall 2012!

Gratefully yours, Emily

Saturday, May 12, 2012

It's Only Fair!

One of the board members for Heart.Beats.Slavery, Reegan Hill, is fulfilling her dream of opening a fair trade store.  For the past several years, Reegan has been operating her business "In His Image Designs" as a traveling show of sorts.  She sets up booths at all sorts of events and does private in-home shows.  But the idea and hope of being able to operate out of a permanent store front on all the days in between the events and home shows has been brewing a long while. 

I am proud to announce that today is the Grand Opening of  It's Only Fair! 

It's Only Fair! Located at 123 9th Street, Newport, KY

By having this permanent location she can carry items that were too cumbersome to track and travel with before.  She'll also be selling fair trade coffee (roasted locally by a couple who lives down the street from her new store) and fair trade chocolate.  

One of the many things I love about Reegan and her vision is her collaborative spirit.  This store will also feature t-shirts from another local fair trade entrepreneur, Emily Hill's company- Stop Traffick Fashion.  Stop Traffick Fashion's t-shirts are made by Freeset, a wonderful company in the red-light district of Calcutta, India that employs women who have escaped sex slavery.  And, of course, you can also pick up a Heart.Beats.Slavery shirt while you are buying lots of wonderful fair trade products at It's Only Fair!  See you there!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

TEDxCincinnati Change Re-cap: Use what you do to help end sex trafficking

I have the honor of being on the planning team for TEDxCincinnati.  We just had a fantastic TEDxChange event last week at St. Michael's Art Sanctuary.  The complete line-up of speakers was truly inspiring.  It seemed to me that every TED Talk last Saturday was very much in line with the vision for this documentary.  From Ashley Beckett's charge to examine how we as individuals engage with the charities we fund, how aid workers engage with countries in need, how humanitarian organizations engage with the people they support, to Ramsey Ford's "Somebody please tweet this," charge that "Successful community change needs to be owned by the community!"  I was blessed to be a witness all day. 

One of the highlights of the day (aside from going through a Taco Tunnel for lunch and U2 covered by a harpist), was the moving (literally) presentation by Stacy Sims

Stacy explains why it is important to connect with & be aware of our bodies every day

As founder of the True Body Project, Stacy Sims explores through movement self-examination and critical thinking about the body and body image. Stacy discussed how small somatic shifts in the way we unite our minds and bodies can transform our lives, allowing us to become productive, creative and connected to ourselves and those around us.

I met Stacy last November with the intent to share the vision of this documentary. We have a few friends in common and they had urged me to contact her.  Why? Because she does what I hope this film inspires everyone to do: Use who you are and what you do everyday to help end sex slavery.  Stacy uses her wisdom about movement and the mind/body connection to help people step into a full sense of themselves, enabling them to move forward with confidence in who they are and pursue bigger dreams.  She does this with all types of people. And she does this with victims of sex trafficking.  

How will this help end sex trafficking?  Stacy has traveled to Cambodia to work with the young women rescued from sex slavery in the Transitions after care homes, aptly called Dream Homes.  After years of being raped for profit at the hands of their traffickers, these young women have coped by disconnecting from their bodies and their dreams of a better life.  They have disconnected from hope.  Stacy works with them to help them feel safe in their bodies again.  It's a complex journey of healing they have to navigate. But once they feel safe and connected to their bodies, they can pursue their true dreams with creative inspiration.  They begin to stop thinking that returning to their pimp is their only option.  And THAT stops traffickers in their tracks.

Stacy, thanks for generously sharing your life and wisdom with others. I am blessed to know you and consider you a partner in ending human trafficking! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

T-Shirts: Wear your Heart.Beats.Slavery out!

Support Heart.Beats.Slavery by wearing this beautiful, comfortable, fair trade t-shirt! 

My dear friend, Tania, proudly wears her HBS T-shirt!

The amazing design by Ursula Roma really pops on this black cotton fair trade t-shirt.  
Here is a close up of the t-shirt design:

Mens/Unisex sizes M-2XL, these are slightly fitted and super soft, thinner cotton.  These shirts are made in the U.S.A. and are just $20.  Email your order to: 

We can work out payment and delivery arrangements via email!  Thanks!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

New Logo and T-Shirt Design

I am extremely excited about the new logo (see banner at top of blog) and t-shirt design (see design on right side of page).  Based on my non-scientific survey, EVERYONE loves the new logo and design.  

I am endlessly grateful for the talents and time artist Ursula Roma has generously given to create this beautiful design.  Ursula's art can be seen all over Cincinnati in various forms.  Most recently, she installed a mural at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  I am proud to say that by having Ursula create the  branding for HBS, I have kept it all in the family of Child Wellness Fund (CWF).  As you may recall, Heart.Beats.Slavery is a program under the non-profit umbrella of Child Wellness Fund.  Ursula also has a program under the CWF non-profit umbrella called art-word bound.  If you like what you see, I highly encourage you to purchase some of her fine art, commission a piece of art, or donate to art-word bound! Plus, she has been delightful to work with on this project.

I also did a non-scientific survey amongst my friends regarding who would buy and wear a t-shirt with the  amazingly ornate heart design on the right of this page.  I am happy to report that 10 out of 10 friends surveyed said they would buy and wear this t-shirt to support Heart.Beats.Slavery.  How about you?  Will you purchase and wear a HBS t-shirt?  

Email me at: if you'd like to pre-order a t-shirt.  Cost is $20 and all proceeds go towards making this important documentary.  Please indicate your size (S-XXL) in your email.  We can work out the delivery details later!  

Thanks again to Ursula Roma for creating such an amazing design!  

Monday, February 20, 2012

Live Consciously. Be Authentic. Empower Others.

I love TED talks.  This documentary vision was born while watching a TED talk.  I have been known to spend several hours on a Friday night watching TED talks.  So, imagine my excitement to be a part of planning this upcoming TEDxChange event in Cincinnati.   Not only that, but I may be speaking at this event to share my vision for how to end sex trafficking.  To stay in the loop, visit and LIKE the TEDxCincinnati Facebook page.   

And we hope you join us on April 7th!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Introducing the Board of Directors

The first official Heart.Beats.Slavery board meeting was held on January 8th.  It was a terrific first meeting. I have 7 board members and most of them had never met.  It's a wonderfully eclectic group with unique perspectives, wisdom, and talents to offer this project.  

L-R standing: Thomas, Jennifer, Harold, Chelle, Sharlene
Seated: Charla and Reegan

Thomas and Harold are the film making consultants, both with plenty of experience & connections to make this film a reality.

Reegan and Sharlene have lots of knowledge, information, stats, connections to conferences and events that address ending sex trafficking.  Reegan has her own business that sells only fair trade clothes, jewelry, accessories, cards, etc.  Sharlene teaches Law at Northern Kentucky University and teaches her students how to advocate for victims of trafficking. Plus she thinks of all those legal things that need to be addressed along the way. 

Jennifer, Chelle, and Charla are great coaches, project managers, and encouragement of the vision.  Their individual contributions to me and keeping this project moving are too many to name.  

When I think about these impressive board members and the blessing they are to making this documentary a reality, I can't help but gush with gratitude! 

Thomas Green:  Thomas got started in the production business as an intern for locally produced television show.  He then went on to pursue his Masters in Fine Arts in Film at Regent University.  He will direct this documentary as his final film project to complete his MFA portfolio.
Jennifer Davis:  Jennifer has an MBA and has run her own non-profit organization, Beaded Hope, for the past five years.  As a board member she provides her invaluable experience and coaching.
Harold Hay:  Harold has close to 30 years experience in television and video production.  He is currently in the process of opening a film school in Cincinnati. 
Chelle Magin:  Chelle has a degree in art therapy and a natural talent for project management.  As a board member she will provide creative vision, project management, and general coaching. 
Sharlene Boltz:  Sharlene is a law professor at Northern Kentucky University and a Member of the Northern Kentucky Human Trafficking Task Force. She teaches her students how to advocate for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.  As a board member she provides resources, experience, and legal advice.
Charla Weiss:  Charla is an HR Consultant in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  She has lived in several countries where human trafficking is prevalent, including China.  As a board member she provides experience and coaching.
Reegan Hill:  Reegan has her own retail business that sells only fair trade products.  Whenever possible she sources her products from companies that employ women rescued from sex slavery.  She has traveled quite a bit to do her own research on her suppliers.  As a board member she provides resources, experience, and connections to anti-human trafficking conferences and news.

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