When filming for TRICKED began four years ago, few of us knew what to expect. Research material was limited and awareness of sex trafficking in the US was minimal to say the least. Since then, considerable progress has been made. Public interest has grown, federal and state legislation around trafficking and underage prostitution has improved, law enforecement officials are better prepared to help prostitutes or suspected victims of trafficking and service providers for trafficking victims have received more funding for research and development. Sadly however, not all trafficking victims have felt the effects of this progress. As awareness grows around the commercial sexual exploitation of girls, we ask but what about our boys? Young men are also forced to work in the sex industry and they do so in the shadows.
Meet Nikolas, the subject of 3 Generations' latest short film, What About the Boys.
Nikolaos was 17 when his father kicked him out of home for being gay. Within hours he was drugged, sexually abused and being sold for sex by his first pimp. Other pimps followed and kept him under their control with drugs and threats of death. Five years later, after the murder of one of his friends by her pimp, Nick finally broke free. Today he is studying to be a therapist and hopes to raise awareness and funds to start an exit program for young gay men forced to work in the sex industry. Through one frank and gritty testimony, What About the Boys dispels some of the common myths about gay prostitution and offers a heart-wrenching look at how one young American boy was brutalized almost to the point of insanity. Help us share Nick's story by donating to our End Child Sex Slavery project today!
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You + Global Giving + 3 Generations = 50% more support for the End Child Sex Slavery in the US project.
This week, your support of our project means even more. Global Giving UK is offering to match your donation by 50% through March 10th.
Take this opportunity to make your yearly or monthly donation.
There are other exciting prizes for our project as well, including big cash bonuses that will help us all year long as we add more voices to the End Child Sex Slavery in the US project.
Hurry, this offer only runs through March 10th, 2014 and while funds last!
Thanks to our generous donors who have already helped us get closer to our goal! Our team is lucky to have such dedicated supporters. Donations must be made through GlobalGiving.co.uk.
Starting next Monday, Global Giving UK is matching donations by 50%! All online donations received through the GlobalGiving.co.uk site (but NOT GlobalGiving.org) will be eligible for the 50% matching funds (until matching funds run out).
There are other exciting prizes as well including cash bonuses of £1,000 and £500 for the top two projects that generate the largest amount of money and £500 for the top project to solicit the greatest number of unique donations by the end of the campaign on March 10th, 2014.
But don't dilly dally. As stated above, these funds will run out so be sure to mark your calendars for March 3rd, 2014. Matching begins at 12:01 am GMT and will end on March 10th at 11:59 am BST.
Once again, thank you for all your support and be sure to check out 3 Generations' newest Global Giving project - Why We Speak: Help Spread Syrian Stories.
It’s been a crazy couple months, but now that we've had a chance to relax, it seems about time for a TRICKED wrap up!
As you may already know, 3 Generations hosted its first film premiere on December 13th at the Quad Cinema in New York City. The night began with a screening of TRICKED and was followed by the presentation of the Malone Prize; a new initiative from 3 Generations. Each year, it is our plan to honor the work of three members of law enforcement who commit themselves to leading the fight against sex trafficking. (L-R) Denver Police Department Sergeant Daniel Steele, Deputy Inspector: Vice Enforcement Coordinator at NYPD, Anthony Favale and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Karen Hughes, were the first recipients of the Malone Prize and we look forward to seeing how they pursue their commitment to combating trafficking in the future.
Following the presentation of the Malone Prize, TRICKED directors, Jane Wells and John-Keith Wasson, TRICKED stars, Danielle Douglas and Chris Baughman, and Polaris Project Executive Director, Bradley Myles, joined Daniel, Anthony, and Karen on stage for an in-depth panel discussion. We can’t say enough how thankful we are to all who came out the night of the premiere and/or to any of the other showings throughout the week, to see the film despite the cold. This has been a big year for us and we couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our friends, family, and fans.
That being said, the TRICKED project is far from over. Since TRICKED premiered, the film has been met with a pleasantly warm reception from critics and considerable interest from audiences and anti-trafficking organizations alike. As a result, Jane and JK have been all over the media. In the week leading up to the premiere, TRICKED was reviewed by the New York Times, the Village Voice, Film Journal International, and Slant Magazine, just to mention a few, and the reviews were great! Our Huffington Post blog series appeared the week prior to the premiere as well, with great contributions from TRICKED stars, Danielle Douglas, Sgt. Dan Steele, and Chris Baughman among others. News stories about TRICKED and interviews with the directors and stars have additionally appeared on almost all popular online news sources thanks to an Associated Press article however other stories have also appeared on BBC, Fox, CNN, MTV Act, the Examiner, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and on Huffington Post Live. Judging from this initial reception, we’re definitely looking forward to what’s to come.
Fortunately, ‘what’s to come’ has already begun to reveal itself. 2014 will undoubtedly be another big year for us as we begin to promote TRICKED nationwide. Fortunately, you can help by requesting TRICKED in your local movie theater! We’ve partnered with GATHR, a brand-new “Theater-on-Demand” service that lets you bring the movies you want to a venue near you.
To set up a showing, simply: 1) Plug in your location 2) Check to see if someone has already requested a showing nearby and if so, reserve a ticket 3) If there are no showings nearby, request one yourself! 4) PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE! Share on social media! Tell everyone you know! 5) Once enough tickets are reserved, the screening will get the green light. Tickets will then become available for purchase, and you’ll get your showing of TRICKED!
Once again, thank you all and happy new year!
Thank you for being a supporter of our project, End Child Sex Slavery in the United States. Before you leave the office for the weekend, mark you calendar for October 23rd. Next Wednesday, Global Giving is running a Regional Bonus Day for projects based in North America. This means that for every donation you make, Global Giving will match 30% of your donation. PLUS the project that raises the most money on that day will win an additional $1000 from Global Giving.
As you may remember from our last update, we have big plans for our End Child Sex Slavery project. Since the completion our documentary, TRICKED, 3 Generations has slowly begun gearing up for its premiere. Planning such an event however, has proven to be costly. As long time supporters of the project and the film we are so grateful for all you have done, but we're not at the finish line quite yet.
If you can, please consider donating next week and support our project once more. All you have to do is log in anytime between Oct. 22nd at 9:01 pm and Oct. 23rd at 8:59, and donate. It's that easy!
Once again, thank you all for your continued support and enjoy the weekend!
P.s. Keep an eye out for upcoming information on the TRICKED premiere.
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