Imagine a world where young girls and women are forced to work as prostitutes for violent pimps, living in constant fear, each day, and wondering if life will ever change for the better.
It is a difficult world for most of us to imagine, but for millions of young women around the world, it is a reality- the reality of human sex trafficking.
Disturbingly, human sex trafficking is a growing epidemic in the United States. In late June of this year, the successful recovery of 105 children who were caught in the web of sexual slavery made national news. That rescue was part of the FBI's "Innocence Lost National Initiative," the bureau's largest cross-country initiative devoted to bringing down child sex-trafficking rings.
The feature-length documentary film, "Tricked," from filmmaker Jane Wells sheds a much-needed light on this closeted world. The film offers a powerful look in to sex trafficking in America today, a world in which young girls are often recruited into from their own homes.
The film features players from all ends of the sex trafficking world, from law enforcement agents, johns, pimps, and the young women who become victims of this horrifying trade.
In a quote provided by e-mail, Jane Wells says, "People like to think sex trafficking doesn't happen in the United States, but the reality is that it's happening in every town and every city, from Orange County to New York, from Miami to Denver and Duluth, and its victims are our friends, neighbors and daughters. Thousands of Americans are forced into prostitution every year."
Wells is also the founder of the non-profit organization 3 Generations, which records and shares stories of survivors of crimes against humanity. She notes that sex trafficking is a reality that needs more public education and awareness.
"We have to educate ourselves about the reality of sex trafficking and change the culture away from one that insists it is a victimless crime, that girls, boys and women are involved in prostitution because they wish to be," Wells says, "We all need to wise up, get the facts, listen to survivors' stories and become involved with organizations that are fighting it. At 3 Generations we also encourage people to support the district attorneys and politicians who have taken a stand against sex trafficking."
"Tricked," which opens this fall, uses the power of storytelling to create change, increase public awareness, and give a voice to the people who are often not heard- the victims. For more information on the film, please visit the film's website, http://trickedfilm.com.
For more information on 3 Generations, the non-profit organization run by Jane Wells, please visit http://www.3generations.org.
"Tricked" trailer: http://vimeo.com/threegenerations/review/68633093/fe08bc2b5e.