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Yoga therapist needs help to host human trafficking film screening

Published: Jul. 4, 2016 at 2:48 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2016 at 3:03 AM CDT
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Atkinson in India (Source: Atkinson)
Atkinson in India (Source: Atkinson)
iRest session (Source: Ashlyn Tubbs)
iRest session (Source: Ashlyn Tubbs)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)

A Lubbock woman hopes to raise awareness about human trafficking in Lubbock through a private screening of a feature film based on the global bestselling novel SOLD
Rachelle Atkinson must sell 41 tickets in the next four days to meet the deadline for this film to be shown from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse next Thursday.
The true stories of human trafficking the film highlights, Atkinson said, can help the South Plains make a world-wide difference because a  portion of the funds raised would help iRest meditation teachers aid human trafficking survivors in India and Nepal.
“Ultimately the goal is that survivors would be teachers delivering in their own language to other survivors,” Atkinson said. “It has got to be funded, and this is one of the ways.”
As a leader of iRest meditation ever since October 2014, Atkinson knows this practice helps relieve PTSD and trauma.
“You’re just lying down in a reclining, supportive, comfortable position for the entire practice with eyes closed if that’s comfortable, listening to me,” Atkinson said, “so it’s a guided 35 minute meditation practice.”
When Atkinson learned iRest meditation in 2014, she also met Jeffrey D. Brown - the director and co-writer of the feature film SOLD that first released in April. 
"It was all meant to happen,” Atkinson said.
Brown told Atkinson about human trafficking and the child survivors he saw firsthand in India.
"They have PTSD,” he said. “They don’t trust anybody. When they're first rescued they are put on 24-hour, seven-days-a-week watch for three months because oftentimes they try to take their own life.”
But human trafficking is an issue Brown said happens worldwide.
"Through telling one girl's story, SOLD illustrates a situation that is happening to 5.5 million children,” he said. “Every year, all over the world, children are trafficked. Often they're very young…they're 13, 14 years old. That's often their age, whether that's in the U.S. India and these are children who are vulnerable.
Atkinson hopes she will receive community support from the South Plains to help children worldwide experience an inner peace that heals.
"I just want all of us to wake up, more and more to the suffering that goes on in the world," she said, "and to the impact we can have on it."
Atkinson will teach an iRest meditation session that comes free with the purchase of a ticket at Holistic Wellness and Yoga 108 at 4410 50th St on July 15th at 7 p.m.
To buy tickets, visit HERE.
For more information about the screening, visit HERE.
To watch the trailer and learn more about SOLD and how to help aid human trafficking survivors, visit SOLD