Films on Human Trafficking

What I Have Been Through Is Not Who I Am
This film 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.  Helpful resources: and  (21 minutes)

A documentary from Shared Hope International that tells the story of two All-American teenage girls tricked into trafficking.  Both were manipulated and exploited – chosen.  Is good for students (middle school and up), parents, faulty, staff, church youth groups. This is a two-disc set; one is the 21 minute film and the other includes discussion questions, two power point presentations, a leader’s guide and action cards.  (21 minutes)
Chosen: Gang Edition
This DVD tells Maria’s story and how she became involved with a gang at age 12.  Her desire for loyalty, 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.  This DVD is part of the Chosen series.  (15 minutes)
Uncovering the Truth:  Identifying Sexually Exploited Youth in a Health Setting
This video records a focus group discussion among young, commercially sexually exploited women describing their experiences in hospital emergency rooms.  Includes questions they wished they’d been asked.  (20 minutes) or

Very Young Girls  
This film is an expose of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City among the barely adolescent in urban America as they are sold on the streets by predators and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows and interviews these girls in real time.  (1 hour 51 minutes)

Indoctrinated: The Grooming of Our Children into Prostitution
This film is produced and promoted by 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.  (33 minutes)

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities
This documentary film based on the book, by the same name, is by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, 2014.  It addresses the roots of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty, and the ripple effects that follow, including: sex trafficking, teen-pregnancy, gender-based violence, child slavery and the effective solutions being forged to combat them.  They report from the United States as well as other countries, including interviews with survivors and those who have not been freed.  They share local and global initiatives that have been undertaken and have changed tragedy into opportunity.  (4 hours, 2 discs)

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Inspired by the works of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book by the same title, this film is a call-to-arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation – the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.  It includes the stories of women and the resilience of their human spirits overcoming the awful violence and oppression they have endured.  (3 hours, 52 minutes, 2 discs)

Not My Life
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.  (83 minutes)

The True Cost (Labor Trafficking)
This documentary is filmed in enslaved working conditions in many countries.  It asks, “Who Pays the Cost of Our Clothing?”  One of a limited number of films on labor trafficking.  (1 hour 32 minutes)