Segments in this Video

Child Sexual Abuse (03:49)


Survivor and activist Dr. John A. King discusses the impact of being abused by his parents from age four. Sexual exploitation is the second largest criminal operation globally. (Credits)

Filmmaking Process (02:08)

U.S. Army veteran and monk Sadhvi Siddhali Shree approached high level organizations to interview for her documentary to raise awareness about sex trafficking and inspire the youth movement. The project took her to the Philippines, Mexico, New Orleans, and Dallas.

What is Sex Trafficking? (04:13)

Historian Dr. Ben Wright explains that slaving—maintaining un-freedom and commodifying the body—exists worldwide. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda runs a children's shelter in the Philippines; trafficking victims are increasingly younger and tourism fuels the industry. Hear how U.S. businessmen buy girls.

Poverty Fueling Sex Trafficking (03:13)

In Makati City, UNICEF representative Lotta Sylwander discusses how parents sell their children into slavery—wittingly or unwittingly. Thailand is a sex-trafficking hub; 60% of victims are from other countries. In Mexico, victims are kidnapped for drug, criminal or sexual work.

Internalizing Sexual Abuse (02:52)

King discusses how children learn that the only form of physical contact is through sexual experiences. The most traumatic abuse occurs at home and tends to cycle through generations.

Sex Trafficking in the U.S. (04:35)

Dr. Susanne Dietzel explains that most women who are trafficked were sexually or physically abused as children. Actress Kristen Renton discusses the extent of the sex trade in Los Angeles and Mexico. The average recruitment age is between 12 and 14.

The Problem with Sex Trafficking (04:51)

Shree sends prayers to young women as she walks through a red light district. See footage of rescues in Mexico and the Philippines. King sees prostitution as a larger sociological issue.

A Culture of Desire (03:23)

King asks why people in society crave sex with young women. Eliminating demand will require making it harder and more intimidating to purchase a prostitute.

Breaking Taboos (02:56)

Shree calls for open discussions of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Men and boys must be able to share if they have been victimized. Student leader Carolina Douthit talks about joining the anti-slavery movement.

Technology and Sex Trafficking (02:48)

The internet and social media have increased prostitution and cybersex. Consumers include men of all racial and economic backgrounds.

Connecting to Survivor Narratives (02:49)

Governor Eruviel Avila Villegas worked with activist Rosi Orozco to shut down sex trafficking sites in the state of Mexico. Hearing testimonies inspires an emotional reaction, but addressing poverty, trauma and drug addiction will be more effective than using law enforcement.

True Stories (04:18)

Mario Hidalgo Garfias, 37, is a former human trafficker turned activist. He suffered sexual abuse as a child. He discusses abducting girls and forcing them into prostitution. He wants to raise awareness about trafficking and regrets causing pain to others.

Trauma of Trafficking (04:15)

TV host and activist Jennie Mai encountered sex trafficking in Vietnam when a family friend was forced into prostitution by her uncle. She discusses the violence experienced by victims. Shree equates rape with dying inside and losing identity.

Karla's Story (03:45)

Sex trafficking survivor and activist Karla Jacinto was forced into prostitution at age 12. After she gave birth, her pimp threatened to kill the baby if she did not comply. She shares her experience to spread awareness and regain strength.

Pervasiveness of Sex Trafficking (03:21)

Mai discusses how children are desensitized to prostitution. Only as an adult did King realize that his experience of being sexually abused as a child was abnormal. The most popular trafficking event is the Super Bowl.

Culture of Molestation (02:47)

According to private rescue teams, 95% of Afghani boys report sexual abuse. In some cases, sex is used to brutalize them and force them to become soldiers. Shree shares her experience of being raped at age 6.

The Movement to End Sex Trafficking (05:46)

Activists share ideas on how to empower women and disenfranchise the men who exploit them. H.H. Acharya Shree Yogeesh shares the story of Tirthankara Mahavira who stopped sex trafficking in ancient India and led thousands of women on a spiritual path.

What You Can Do (05:24)

People can spread awareness about sex trafficking; pressure public officials to pass legislation protecting minors; change the culture of sexual exploitation; stop watching pornography; punish clients and traffickers; empower women; join awareness groups; volunteer; and use their areas of influence.

Inspiring Activism (07:46)

King calls for a sense of public outrage against sex trafficking. Social justice movements are driven by young people. Movement leaders hope to pass the torch on to the next generation.

Credits: Stopping Traffic (04:18)

Credits: Stopping Traffic

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With 27 million victims, human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, predominantly victimizing women, with children making up as much as half the statistics. However, this documentary shows that it is not just a back-alley enterprise in Asia and under developed regions of the world, it is also prevalent in industrial nations and—in conflict with closely held beliefs about our society in the United States—right here in our own backyard.

Length: 80 minutes

Item#: BVL186856

Copyright date: ©2018

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Reviews & Awards

"The material may be sensitive or triggering for some viewers but recommended for collections as it brings attention to a subject that is becoming frighteningly common in our country as well as worldwide." - Library Journal (Julia M. Reffner, North Chesterfield, VA) "Director Sadhvi Siddhali Shree begins with candid testimony from a survivor of child sex abuse, John A. King, who’s now an activist. His words alone make the movie a harrowing experience. The film visits Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico and the Philippines — all reportedly notorious for trafficking. But many of the activists, who include actor Dolph Lundgren and TV host Jeannie Mai, are based in Texas or Los Angeles. The tenor of their comments ranges from angry to pragmatic to spiritual. (Shree is a Jain monk.)" - The Washington Post

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