Our introduction to Dylan’s Dharma began when they performed in a live webcast fundraiser concert during Abolish Slavery Day in Chico, California in January 2012. Following Abolish Slavery Day, Dylan’s Dharma began advocating against human trafficking, known as modern-day slavery. The abolitionist band immediately wrote “Sex in the City,” a song about a 17-year-old sex trafficking victim. They created a music video for the song that featured AbolishSlavery.org. In less than a month after its release, the video went viral, receiving more than 50,000 views.
“Sex in the City” was created after lead singer Dylan Seid’s many conversations with Abolish Slavery’s founder, Aaron Cohen, and Task Force Director, Dawn Adams, that inspired him to try to make a difference and contribute to the movement to end modern-day slavery.
In one conversation, Seid asked Cohen, “What happens to the girls that can’t escape? Do they die?” Aaron responded, “No. These girls will live forever.” The hope in Cohen’s message inspired the lyric, “Lolita, you are everything / You will never die / You are beautiful.” Seid goes on to sing, “She’s the kind of girl that lost all her dreams / Sold when she was 8 years old / To a man who lives for gold / And don’t give a damn / Sex in the city, it’s down and dirty.”
Cohen’s response to the song after viewing the music video: “Dylan rules!”
Thank you, Dylan’s Dharma, for making the world a better place through music.