Here are the movies that tackle this tough subject. We thank everyone involved in making these movies for their courage and strength to raise their voices.
- THE WHISTLEBLOWER
From rollingstone.com on Aug. 4, 2011:
Many films these days claim to be ripped from the headlines. The Whistleblower really is. Rachel Weisz excels as Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop and single mom who thought a 1999 United Nations peacekeeping job in Bosnia might solve her financial problems. Kathryn arrives in Sarajevo to aid the local police in stopping sex trafficking and then finds that the cops, the diplomats and even U.N. employees are a major part of the problem. She finds allies in Madeleine Rees (Vanessa Redgrave), head of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, and Jan Van Der Velde (David Strathairn), an internal-affairs investigator. But corruption is everywhere. Unfortunately, first-time director Larysa Kondracki overplays her hand. The film swings from melodrama to sermonizing, both blunting the human drama that needs to come to the fore. It’s Weisz who holds the ground in a performance of ferocity and feeling.
- THE CANDY SHOP
From Whitestone Pictures website:
The Candy Shop is a film initiative to help fight against child sex trafficking.
This film is being made for the Doorpost Film Project, and with support from 12Stone® Church and Street Grace. The Candy Shop is a Fairytale/Parable about the child sex trafficking epidemic that has overrun our city of Atlanta. We are using the film to not only raise awareness but provoke meaningful action towards this issue taking place in our own backyard.
Up to 500 underaged girls a month are trafficked for sex here in our city of Atlanta.
It’s the number one city in the country for child sex trafficking..
The 10th in the world.
This plague has gone on for too long, and now we at Whitestone, in cooperation with Doorpost, 12Stone® Church and StreetGrace want to put a stop to it.
This film represents the spearhead of a citywide and possibly a nationwide campaign.
It is not a documentary. It is not a PSA. It is the beginning of a movement.
Watch the below documentary for more information on Whitestone, the film and the cause behind it.
- HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Human Trafficking is a television miniseries about an American Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent going undercover to stop an organization from trafficking people, and shows the struggles of three trafficked women. It premiered in the United States on Lifetime Television on October 24 and 25, 2005 and was broadcast in Canada on Citytv on January 2 and 3, 2006. It stars Mira Sorvino, Donald Sutherland, Rémy Girard, and Robert Carlyle.
Shot on location in Cambodia, including many scenes in actual brothels in the notorious red light district of Phnom Penh, HOLLY is a captivating, touching and emotional experience.
Patrick (Ron Livingston), an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts, has been “comfortably numb” in Cambodia for years, when he encounters Holly (Thuy Nguyen), a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, in the K11 red light village. The girl has been sold by her impoverished family and smuggled across the border to work as a prostitute.
Holly’s virginity makes her a lucrative prize, and when she is sold to a child trafficker, Patrick embarks on a frantic search through both the beautiful and sordid faces of the country, in an attempt to bring her to safety. The film’s producers endured substantial hardships in order to be able to shoot in Cambodia and have also founded the RedLight Children Campaign, which is a worldwide grassroots initiative generating conscious concern and inspiring immediate action against child sexploitation. Excerpt from priorityfilms.com
TAKEN stars Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, an ex-government operative who has less than four days to find his kidnapped daughter, who has been taken on her first day of vacation in Paris.
When 13-year-old Adriana is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, sets off on a desperate mission to save her. Trapped by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana’s only friend throughout her ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman captured by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges overwhelming obstacles to track the girl’s abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own family loss leads him to become an ally. From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret internet sex slave auction and a tense confrontation at a stash house in suburban New Jersey, Ray and Jorge forge a close bond as they frantically pursue Adriana’s kidnappers before she is sold and disappears into a brutal underworld from which few victims ever return.
- SVETLANA’S JOURNEY
Based on a true story, Svetlana’s Journey is about stolen innocence. The story is a gruesome look into the life of a 13 yr. old Bulgarian girl sold into prostitution by her adopted parents. She was tortured, manipulated, and abused by the “pimp couple” that kept her.
Svetlana became an empty shell, used 15 times a day by various gentleman buyers. Her dignity, dreams, and hopes to live were all stripped from her. Faced with the knowledge that she was sold to this family for many years, she did the unthinkable to release herself from the dark forces that entered her life. (From Svetlana’s Journey website)
- CALL + RESPONSE
The film goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.
Luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Rocco Deluca move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it.
- THE JAMMED
Inspired by court transcripts and actual events, THE JAMMED is a social thriller about trafficking and the sex slave trade in Melbourne. When a Chinese mother arrives in Melbourne to find her missing daughter, she enlists the help of Ashley Hudson. Ashley reluctantly agrees to help search, and is soon drawn into the dark underworld of this cultured city as she tries to rescue three girls from a trafficking syndicate. As the story unravels the sinister workings of illegal prostitution and governmental deportation is filled with twists and surprises.
- FIELDS OF MUDAN
When Mudan, a frightened, young Asian girl, is forced into modern day slavery by the brutal child brothel owner, Madam Zhao, the only solace she finds is through the memory of her Mother and the promise that she would one day find Mudan and take her away to America: the place where dreams come true. Yet despite her hostile surroundings, Mudan finds sympathy, compassion, and friendship in an unexpected brothel girl, Faye. Through each other, they find the courage and the hope to live thier lives as innocent, ordinary little girls. But even the bonds of friendship cannot stop the bleak future that awaits them as their time of innocence runs out.
- THE JOURNEY
We weren’t able to embed the video here, so please click on the link below and watch the most touching, frightening yet gripping short film on sex trafficking we’ve ever seen.
Actor and screenwriter Emma Thompson explains how rage fuelled her role as the voice of conscience in The Journey, Richard Jobson’s violent and powerful short film about the experiences of one sex worker.
Emma Thompson says “Chances are you’ll know somebody who pays for sex”.