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You’re listening to Episode 13 of the Trafficking Dispatch, a biweekly podcast that briefs you on human trafficking issues in a brief amount of time. I’m your host, Victoria Erdel. In this episode, we’ll hear from a singer-songwriter who uses her talents to raise awareness about sex trafficking.
That was the last few seconds of the song “Paralyzed”, which was released in early December, last year. The link to the music video will be included in the shownotes. If you want to pause this episode and watch it first, it may help you better understand this episode. If you go back and listen to the lines, “Paralyzed, I am a captive, and I can’t break free”, you’ll notice that the lyrics definitely hint at something sinister. The message behind the lyrics becomes clear if you watch the music video. The first scene takes place in a store, where a young man strikes up a brief conversation with a young woman. As the video progresses, we can see how they “fall in love.” Except it isn’t really love. The woman is being groomed, and is eventually trafficked by her so-called “boyfriend” for sex. The music video is powerful, haunting, and definitely worth watching.
And the brains behind this music video? That would be Juliana Lyons, a singer-songwriter, filmmaker, producer, and all-around creative force. She not only wrote the lyrics to “Paralyzed” and recorded the song, she filmed and edited the music video as well. Born into a musical family, Juliana has been trained from a young age to use her musical and creative abilities. This encouragement from her family has led her to complete freelance work with brands like AwesomenessTV, and she has also written songs for movies like Grace Stirs up Success. But Juliana has also decided to use her talents to raise awareness about sex trafficking. We now turn to her to learn about how she infuses anti-trafficking messages into her creative work.
Victoria: So Juliana, aside from just your song "Paralyzed", I was kind of watching your other videos, and I came across "Beautifully Flawed." I realized that your music kind of focuses on social issues. So I was wondering how you decided to use your music to confront social issues, and more specifically, why you chose to highlight sex trafficking in "Paralyzed."
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Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwFI8khNEhg