Eve Ensler's monologue about human trafficking, "Avocado", premièred this week at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. GCN's Lucy Mair joined a panel of expert speakers for a discussion on the issues raised following the performance on the second night (27th May).

"Avocado" follows a young woman being transported in a container of rotting avocados:

"...[Avocado] represents the horror of human trafficking in the most harrowing terms. Performed in near-total darkness, an unnamed young woman describes a cycle of poverty, corruption and sexual abuse that has led her to her present situation, secreted in a shipping container full of rotting avocados." 26th may 2015 - The Guardian review

Lucy Mair (left) joined Dr Hannah Lewis (University of Leeds) and Andrew Wallis (CEO of Unseen.org) to debate issues surrounding human trafficking and migration raised by the performance such as asylum and refugee statistics, circumstances of transport, the impact of the insecurity of the asylum experience upon the individual, the legal context and the significance of public perception when tackling the issues.

The production continues at West Yorkshire Playhouse until 30th May 2015 more details here .

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