Sex trafficking is big business. Girls of all ages are enslaved, brainwashed, beaten, raped and humiliated daily. Most people who fight for the freedom and rehabilitation of these sex slaves are ordinary people who work to make a difference and speak for the voiceless. These people follow their hearts to do what they can in small and big ways so that one day people can beat sex slavery and be free.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

All About It - Part One: Distinctions

When people ask me what my documentary will be about, I struggle to be succinct, because I do not know how much they already know about sex slavery. Even if they are very knowledgeable, describing the distinctions of this project and its vision often gets lost in translation. I try not to overwhelm the person with an onslaught of information, but to say this documentary is about sex slavery is not sufficient.

In an effort to break it down into digestible pieces, I will be post portions of my notes to clarify this vision. The next few days will feature different questions and their answers.

Today's question:
How is this documentary about sex slavery different from others?

  • This documentary will feature people and stories from several countries and organizations rather than focusing on one country or one organization
  • This documentary will feature current methods used to stop sex slavery and what programs and solutions are available for victims, post rescue. Facts about the existence and atrocity of sex slavery will encompass a small portion of the film.
  • The people and organizations featured will be anonymous in the body of the film, with a resource and acknowledgement list posted in the end credits and also online.
  • This documentary will inspire and encourage the viewer to take action in whatever way they can or choose. It will not promote a specific organization or avenue of action. 
There are an infinite number of ways to make a difference towards ending sex slavery. There are hundreds of non-profit organizations or non-government organizations (NGOs) already fighting this fight. This film intends to empower the audience to take responsibility for their own actions regarding human trafficking. 

Whenever people hear about the atrocities of sex slavery, they are clearly moved and heart-broken by the facts. They want to help but don't know how. This film will let the audience choose how to act to be of service in a way that is available through their own life. 

Feel free to post a follow up question about this post in the comments.  I will do my best to address your questions either in a direct reply, or in a future post. Thanks!

1 comment:

  1. I find that most people, when confronted with the reality of this issue become totally overwhelmed. So we either choose to ignore the issue and just hope it goes away, or we want to do something but become paralyzed. Because this is so huge, it is easy to respond by feeling that there is nothing that an ordinary person like myself can do. But that is a lie & there ARE things each one of us can do to make a difference!
    I really think there is a need for something like what you are creating Emily!!