Fort Lauderdale, FL, June 06, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- When voice over artist, Nikki Saco, auditioned for a role in Robert Marcarelli's documentary, Not for Sale, she knew slavery existed, but believed it was an isolated problem in a remote part of the world.
"I now know the problem is neither isolated nor remote," Saco said in response to an email about the project. "The portion of the script we were provided for the audition was immediately disturbing," she wrote. "It talked about homeless children being thrown in jail and Peruvian police who protected pedophiles rather than the street kids that became their victims. I did what I tend to do when I'm surprised by new information. I researched it on the Internet."
When the director hired Saco for the character narration a few weeks later, she had already read more about the global slave trade, but the director had additional information which troubled her. "I found out that my home state of Florida has a recent history, or more precisely a current involvement, with slavery. This crime was literally happening in my own backyard. In fact, as recently as 2003, Florida was among the top four states with significant incidents of slavery. I don't know what those numbers are today. Even one is too many."
The documentary is based on David Batstone's book "Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--and How We Can Fight It" available through Amazon.Com. The DVD was released April 27, 2007, and is currently available only through the NotForSaleCampaign.Org web site. All proceeds for the documentary go to fund anti-slavery campaigns around the world.
"I bought my own copy of the DVD," Saco continued. "I knew the money was going to a good cause, and I wanted to share the DVD; but first I wanted to make sure it was neither overly dismal nor exploitative. I mean, let's face it: the topic is a real conversation stopper. You can't hit people over the head with it. But the DVD was great. Robert did an excellent job and actually delivered an empowering and positive message: that people can make a difference."
Saco is a trained and experienced voice actor with degrees in both acting and communications with a focus on critical analysis. She started voice acting in the early 1980's doing children's narration for a cable network. After many years in the legal profession, she recently returned to voice acting full time and was immediately hired to do English and Spanish voice overs including television and radio commercials, more children's book narration, corporate presentations, and public service announcements. To learn more about Nikki Saco visit NikkiSaco.Com or visit her member pages at NikkiSaco.Voice123.Com and NikkiSaco.Voices.Com.