Song analysis by: Kayla & Mikayla Break The Silence was written and performed by Francois Mulder in 2013. It was written to get the word out about human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking. The song is based on survivor, Timea Nagy’s experience as a sex trafficking victim. Sex trafficking is kept quiet, but it’s not right and it’s going on more often than we think. Their goal is to raise awareness about sex trafficking around the world. Francois Mulder was born in South Africa, and he lives in Toronto. He is a musician, singer and songwriter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aJS0lcjByM Timea Nagy was born in Budapest, Hungary. Her sex trafficking story happened more than 14 years ago. When Timea was 19, she needed money, and she saw an ad that promised quick money as a maid or nanny in Canada. When she arrived in Canada, she found out that the ad was fake, and she became trapped in human trafficking. For 3 months, she was forced to work in strip clubs, and perform sexual acts for men in massage parlors. She was physically, mentally and sexually abused and she was denied any medical treatment. She eventually escaped and founded ‘Walk With Me’, a support group for human trafficking survivors. Break The Silence is based upon her experience, and written in conjunction with Walk With Me. Break all the silence and tell the whole world that they’re tearing me apart with their dirty selfish hands, leaving me with nothing at all. He takes me inside and breaks me apart. As he’s pushed up against me my skin begins to crawl, leaving me with nothing at all. Girls are sexually abused and exploited, left cold and alone with their dignity, their self-worth, their everything taken away. Personification; she’s scared and she feels dirty. The people who run human trafficking rings trade sexual acts, performed by the women, for money. I will not stop until silence no longer fills the darkened hotel rooms where they trade the lives of the unlucky millions, defaced civilians. The mother, the daughter, the brother, the sister, the son. The women are stripped of their identity. She’ll give her life to make it go away, washes his hands but still feels stained. Who’s gonna turn their night into day? She tries to wash away the feeling of men’s hands on her, but she can’t get rid of it. Entire families can be involved on both sides of human trafficking. She would die if it meant she would stop being trafficked. What is the song about? The song was written to raise awareness about Human Trafficking. It’s about a survivor’s experience as a trafficked sex slave, and how she felt during the time she was being trafficked. The song is her story, told from a third person point of view. Are there any figures of speech/patterns noticeable? Yes. The song uses some personification, when he sings, “…my skin begins to crawl…” is an example of that. He also uses some metaphors when he sings, “Sweat of a monster…” comparing the men to monsters. Many of the lines are said in creative ways, and the song verses rhyme. The chorus doesn’t rhyme, but it was written in a ‘free verse’ type of way. He uses a lot of adjectives, which adds to the intensity of the song. Did the songwriter include any images? He did not use any literal pictures, but Mulder wrote the song in a way that makes you able to imagine and picture what she’s going through. When he sings “…they’re tearing me apart with their dirty selfish hands, leaving me with nothing at all.”, you can picture the struggle and terror she’s experiencing. Genre: We would consider this song pop. It’s not an upbeat song, but it’s modern and it’s not too intense. It’s written in a versechorus style, which is generally how most pop songs are written. Dynamics: We believe this song begins in piano, and then moves to mezzo piano during the first verse, and changing to mezzo forte for the first chorus. It then becomes forte-fortissimo right until the end of the song, where it returns to piano. Human trafficking is considered a form of slavery. Humans are traded, usually for sexual favours, and their owners receive money. It happens all over domestically and internationally. The owners will lure them in by promising them something like a school scholarship, or a modeling contract. When they go to meet them, they’re taken and forced into a life of sexual slavery. It’s mostly commonly women and children who are forced into this life. They’re raped, and then returned to their ‘owner’. Some people who are trafficked find a way to escape, but most die or choose to commit suicide. The US State Department estimates that in between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked internationally every year. They say that of those numbers, around 80% are girls and women, while 50% are minors. In the US, they have estimated that 17,500 people are trafficked annually into the US. It’s much less common in Canada, but it still exists with around 600-800 people being trafficked into Canada each year. Trafficking is illegal in Canada. Most people trafficked in Canada are aboriginal. Pimps can make up to $280,000 for each girl they traffic per year. 78% of girls under 16 are being forced into trafficking. In Manitoba, it is believed that hundreds of thousands of children, teens and adults are in the sex trade. The acts itself usually take place in private homes or hotels. In Winnipeg, some workers begin in sex trade as young as 9 years old, with the average age being 14. Most of the women being trafficked are from other countries. 1,500-2,200 people are trafficked annually through Canada to reach the US. Turner, Randy. "Police Probe Trafficking of Sex-trade Workers." Winnipegfreepress.com. 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