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Director Uzoma Okoro on his new movie ‘Moses,’ soccer, Africa and sex slavery

Moses, a film by Uzoma Okoro.

Moses, a film by Uzoma Okoro.

When it comes to sex trafficking, people often think of young girls from the inner-city, but filmmaker Uzoma Okoro has exposed another aspect of sex trafficking and human slavery.

In African countries where soccer is popular, scores of young black males are being tricked into slavery by fake sports agents. The family members are given a few hundred dollars and the young man is promised a new career in America training to be a soccer star.

But according to Okoro, it’s a setup to bring them to America and involve them in sex trafficking and other criminal activities. Okoro has just completed a new film, Moses, starring Lenard “Kyd” Jackson as the title character in this hard-hitting film that traces the character’s journey from the slums of Nigeria to the streets of Sacramento, California.

Rolling out spoke with the Okoro about his film and the state of black cinema today.