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Last year, I posted a review for a documentary called In Plain Sight, which focuses on the not-so-pleasant subject of human trafficking. Here is something I posted in that review:
We all know that human trafficking is real. Young girls and women are sold into sex slavery every day. But, this all takes place in foreign/3rd world countries, right?
WRONG! It’s taking place right here in the United States of America. It’s happening in the big cities, but it’s also happening in small towns and rural areas. Parents are selling their daughters for money or other material items; and those daughters are abused and forced to do more degrading things than most of us can even imagine. And contrary to what you might believe – that most of these girls and women are illegal immigrants – recent statistics tell a very different story: over 80 percent of victims in 2011 confirmed sex trafficking cases in this country were American citizens.
This is scary stuff! Human trafficking is real!
Recently, I received the Caged No More DVD to preview. Though this movie is a work of fiction, it cements in my mind – once again – that human trafficking is taking place RIGHT HERE. It could be happening where you live – or even in your family!
About Caged No More
CAGED NO MORE is a feature film that will raise awareness of human trafficking, aid in connecting anti-trafficking organizations, equip parents, schools and churches to aid in prevention, and assist in eradicating trafficking. Starring Kevin Sorbo, Emmy-Award winner Loretta Devine, Alan Powell, and Cassidy Gifford with appearances by Kathie Lee Gifford, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Natalie Grant.
Inspired by real events, CAGED NO MORE is the story of Aggie Prejean, a godmother on a desperate search to find her two granddaughters, Skye and Elle, who have been kidnapped by their sinister father. As the details behind the girls’ disappearance begin to unravel, it’s discovered he has taken them overseas to be sold into slavery to settle his drug debt. Aggie enlists the help of the girls’ uncle, a well-respected local philanthropist, and his son Wil, who is former Special Forces. A global hunt ensues, and the team will stop at nothing to see the girls safely returned home. CAGED NO MORE is a drama meant to engage and educate audiences on the realities of human trafficking.
Heidi Says . . .
While normally I try to review family-friendly films here at Heidi’s Head, sometimes there’s a film that needs to be shared that isn’t necessarily family-friendly. Caged No More is rated PG-13. There’s not necessarily “bad” content in it – but the issue of human trafficking is mature in content. My 10-year-old son was in the room when we watched it – I think most of it went over his head, and there was nothing I was ashamed for him to see. That being said, each parent knows what their children can handle. Please preview the movie before sharing it.
I quickly found myself caught up in the characters’ lives and the storyline of this movie. Over and over again, I asked, “How can someone do that to their own child?!” It seems almost too crazy to be true. But, it’s happening – right here in the USA, in our own backyards! People are selling their children into the trafficking rings to make a few extra dollars for drugs, gambling debts, etc. It’s hard to fathom, but it’s true. The statistics are staggering.
By the end of the movie, I found myself longing to know more. So, I was glad to see that a second movie in this series (which will be a trilogy) will release in 2017.
While not necessarily easy to watch, this movie is important to watch! I’d encourage all adults to view this one. Then, head over to the Caged No More website and download the additional resources. Find out what you can do to help.
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