Beating the Traffic

"There are hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year that are trafficked and end up being held against their will as captive slaves," says Staci Davis, co-host of KPFT's "uncompromisingly liberal" talk program The Other Side. "And a lot of them are getting trafficked here to Houston."

"We want to say something about it and make sure people are aware of it, so maybe they can look for these people and recognize when it occurs," says Davis, who organized today's Free the Slaves benefit for the Coalition Against Human Trafficking at the Orange Show. The event hopes to raise funds for the coalition and spread the awareness of this dire, yet underexposed, problem.

But having a social conscience doesn't mean you can't have fun. The family-oriented portion of the event will feature Slip 'n Slides for both kids and adults (don't forget your bathing suit) and free belly-dancing lessons. Later on, there will be performances by the Trip Dollz, a band of very loud 13-year-old grrls, as well as mellow jazz-sters Friendship Bracelet, local "supergroup" Novox and feedback fiends Ume. It all kicks off at 5 p.m. Bands begin performing at 7 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 5, 5 p.m.

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Travis Ritter