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In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom’ journeys to six US cities to open the viewer’s eyes to crimes occurring ‘in plain sight.’ Through engaging interviews with survivors, the documentary brings to light the force, fraud, and coercion used against women and children victims. Despite the darkness, stories of hope and freedom  emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of an aftercare home. 

Waiting for the Light exposes the scope and impact of sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Portland, Oregon.

CHOSEN tells the true stories of two ‘All-American’ teenage girls who were tricked by traffickers. Brianna, 18, was a star student, cheerleader and waitress. Lacy, 13, enjoyed church and volunteering in her community. Both were skillfully targeted by traffickers and manipulated into the dangerous commercial sex market. 

CHOSEN - Gang Edition: Lured by promises of love and protection Maria was recruited by a gang at 12 years old. For five years, she was forced to sacrifice her body to Mexican drug runs, prostitution, and violence. Trapped in a world she never expected, she was forced to make the ultimate decision: surrender her life to the gang or risk escape?

Not For Sale…the Documentary and Not For Sale II: Join the Fight: This film is based on the book of the same name and covers the modern-day abolitionist movement. The film both exposes the terrors of human trafficking and inspires  hope  through  the  stories  and work of contemporary activists. 

A Dance for Bethany: This award winning fictional movie was an Official Selection at the International Christian Film Festival. The film is about a 12-year-old girl who runs away from home to fulfill her dream of becoming a dancer only to be lured into the world of sex trafficking. After enduring six years of exploitation, her prayers are answered when she has a chance meeting with a local youth pastor who invites her to his church. Through the help of others, Bethany gains the courage to change her life and pursue her long lost dream. 

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery. From the first scene, Nefarious gives an in-depth look at the human trafficking industry, showing where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. With footage shot in over nineteen different countries, Nefarious exposes the nightmare of sex slavery as experienced by hundreds of thousands daily, through the eyes of both the enslaved and their traffickers. Nefarious features expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders, and captures the gripping and triumphant testimonies of survivors in order to galvanize hope and vision.

Very Young Girls: This documentary is based on the work of the GEMS program. Available on Netflix.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries. 2012. Nicholas Kristof, Somaly Mam, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and  Olivia Wilde.

Recommended Books

In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States - Nita Belles, 2011.

Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children - Linda Smith, 2009.

Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—and How We Can Fight It - David Batstone, 2010.

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale - Rachel Lloyd, 2011.

Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them - Julian Sher, 2011.

The Berlin Turnpike: A True Story of Human Trafficking In America-Raymond Bechard, Andrea Barton and David Moretti, 2011.

Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time - Carissa Phelps with Larkin Warren, 2012.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, and A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity - Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn,  2010 & 2014.