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San Bernardino County film nominated for Emmy

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Christopher Lee is a filmmaker. He is also the public information officer for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Last year he was able to combine both when he made the documentary “Teenage $ex 4 $ale: Human Trafficking in San Bernardino County.” The film is nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Pacific Southwest Chapter made the announcement on Tuesday at a nomination party held in San Diego. The film was nominated in the Documentary category for “excellence in the creation of a formal, structured television presentation with dramatic impact of an event, condition or situation of current, cultural and/or historical significance.”

Lee, who directed and edited the film says, “When I was younger I spent a year and a half overseas in the Philippines, and I saw first-hand the tragedy of human trafficking and the toll that it took on young girls who could be purchased for ten dollars an hour.

“Those stories have always stayed with me, and now there are new stories, sadly taking shape in our own backyard. My hope all along was that this film would somehow inspire communities, law enforcement and government officials to push even harder in the battle against human trafficking.”

“Teenage $ex 4 $ale: Human Trafficking in San Bernardino County” is a 45-minute documentary exploring the problem of sexual exploitation in San Bernardino County. At over 20,000 square miles, the county of San Bernardino is the largest county in the United States, larger than any of the nine smallest states and larger than the four smallest states combined.

The film shows “boastful” pimps preying on women along with one woman's quest to open a home for female victims. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is one of the agencies that is part of the county’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

“I am so proud of the work of my public affairs officer, Chris Lee, and all those who helped create this film,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “From the undercover filming of the Player’s and Pimp Ball in Hollywood to the survivors who shared their stories, this was a team effort all the way. Ultimately, this is just another outlet to help shine a brighter light on those victimized by the terrible crime of human trafficking.”

The 40th Annual NATAS Pacific Chapter Awards will be presented June 14, 2014, at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad.

For more information about the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, click here.

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