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Columbia songwriter writes anthem about human trafficking

Sometimes a journalist has to ask a question he knows is a dumb one, just to get the source to start talking.

Asking a songwriter why she wrote a particular song is one of those. Oftentimes, the answer is along the lines of what Paul Henried, as Victor Laszlo, says to Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine in "Casablanca."

"You might as well question why we breathe."

That's what songwriters do, ya dope.

But when talking about her new song, "Freedom," Janice B. follows Laszlo's thought to its conclusion. "If we stop breathing, we'll die," the resistance leader says in the classic film. "If we stop fighting our enemies, the world...