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Several weeks ago, I received a copy of the documentary, In Plain Sight, for review. This DVD focuses on a very touchy subject and one many of us in American are in denial over – human trafficking. Ashley and I finally found the time to sit down and watch it recently and I wanted to share my thoughts. . .
About In Plain Sight
Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom features six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America. Journeying to six US cities, the documentary opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street “in plain sight”. Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home.
“Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities,” said David Trotter, co-executive producer. “This isn’t limited to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. We’re talking about cities across America – from Sacramento to Little Rock to Baltimore – where the unthinkable is happening.”
“The reality is that children are being ravaged day in and day out. If you have a heart beating on the inside of you, I don’t understand how this couldn’t be important to you,” said Natalie Grant, narrator and co-executive producer.
With a focus on educating the American public and motivating people to take action, the campaign centers around three resources to be released by Word Entertainment. The DVD, music album, and 31 Day Devotional & Group Study Guide are available in stores nationwide.
Heidi Says . . .
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.
Here are just a few more statistics that break my heart:
- 80% of sex trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors.
- 90% of prostituted women have been physically abused as children.
- 70% of sex trafficking is linked to organized crime.
- 75% of prostituted women have attempted suicide.
I don’t think there’s any way that someone can watch this film and not feel the need to do something. The question is what can we do? There’s an awesome list of 31 Ways to Take Action on the In Plain Sight website. There are things you can do individually and as a church. There are also ways to promote awareness and aid prevention, as well as ways to advocate for legislative change.
This is not an issue that small handful of people can resolve. It’s a national problem that is going to require a nation to collectively fix. PLEASE consider what you might do to help.
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