Resources

DVDs on Human Trafficking

Chosen (21 minutes; 2 discs with additional resources)
This documentary from Shared Hope International that tells the story of two All-American teenage girls tricked into trafficking; both were manipulated and exploited. This resource is good for students (middle school and up), parents, faulty, staff, church youth groups. Includes discussion questions, two power point presentations, a leader’s guide and action cards.

Chosen: Gang Edition (15 minutes)
This DVD from Shared Hope International tells Maria’s story and how she became involved with a gang at age 12. Her desire for loyality, protection, acceptance led to her being trafficked by the gang to which she had turned. Includes her ultimate decision whether to surrender to gang life or try to escape.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (3 hours, 52 minutes; 2 discs)
Inspired by the works of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book by the same title, this film, presented in a two-part series on Public Broadcasting System, is a passionate call-to-arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation – the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. The film urges us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help transform their oppression into opportunity. It includes the stories of women and the resilience of their human spirits overcoming the awful violence and oppression they have endured.

Indoctrinated: The Grooming of Our Children into Prostitution (33 minutes)
This film was produced and promoted by the San Diego County Office of Education in 2011. It includes a study guide that can be used with students, parents and prevention practitioners. It also includes resources, service providers, informational websites, glossary, discussion ideas, survivor stories, and contacts for assistance. While produced and having some focus on the San Diego area, it is applicable to other cities as well.

Modern Slavery: The Secret World of Trafficking of Women
This educational resource on sex trafficking is available from Network for Peace through Dialogue and includes a DVD, background information and study guide for discussion. It features anti-trafficking activist Sr. Eugenia Bonetti and is a good tool for opening the subject of sex trafficking. You may find the 10-minute video here and an educational resource for using the video here.

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (96 minutes)
This documentary takes the viewer beneath the glossy surface of sophisticated 21st century society where one experiences the revelation of the enslavement, much of it sexual slavery, of more than 27 million people worldwide, mostly women and girls. These modern-day slaves endure kidnapping, brutality, terrible living conditions, and mental, physical and spiritual torment. The film reveals a penetrating look into the closeted, heinous, nefarious underworld of human trafficking.

Not My Life (83 minutes)
This film comprehensively depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery. It was filmed in a dozen countries on five continents, including the United States. It includes interviews with trafficking victims and their advocates in government, law enforcement, civil society and the private sector. It tells the stories of young girls raped at USA truck stops and in brothels in India, street beggars in Africa, and domestic servants in Washington, DC. It takes viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine, let alone accept. Although heartbreaking, it is ultimately hopeful – a tribute to the enormous resilience of the human spirit.

What I Have Been Through Is Not Who I Am (21 minutes)
This film, available on YouTube, includes survivor stories. Before viewing, it would be very helpful to have general information on human trafficking and knowledge of the terms used. Also includes what’s needed to end commercial sexual exploitation of children and what ideas for what can be done. It is unusual for survivors to be publically known because that puts them at risk. Two helpful websites are www.witness.org and www.ecpatusa.org.