Dorothy Brown

Stories from Dorothy Brown

While the practice of slavery was abolished almost two hundred years ago, today over twenty-seven million people are victims of modern day slavery (Hodge, 2014). Modern day slavery, or human trafficking, is defined as “the trade of human beings for the purpose of exploitation, typically in the form of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor” (Androff, 2010 in Hodge, 2014, p. 111). Human trafficking can be defined in terms of either sex trafficking or labor trafficking.

In the Time of the Butterflies tells the true story of the Mirabals, four sisters who led a resistance against the dictator, Rafael Trujillo, in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. The four Mirabal sisters, Patria, Dede, Minerva, and Maria Theresa, lived in a rural area of the Dominican Republic and their father ran a mildly successful farm. The movie shares the sisters’ early lives, their schooling days, the growth of their family, and later, how they became involved in the revolution that took place against Trujillo.