For more than two years now we've been working on a feature length documentary film 10,000 Men that explores and exposes the sex trafficking industry in the United States. The film grew out of our bigger initiative to end sex trafficking and child sex slavery in this country. The amount of preliminary research and knowledge that this complex subject and film require has elevated Jane Wells, our organization's Founder and President (also the Director and Producer of the film), to the status of a recognized voice for the anti-trafficking movement.
Wells is often invited to attend and speaks at various anti-trafficking forums and events across the country and also writes articles for the Huffington Post on the same topic. Her knowledge and outreach are extensive, and she is constantly working to raise awareness of the issue of sex trafficking in the US. Just last week Wells attended the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative where many of the movement's elite members met to discuss the eradication of sex slavery and was a firsthand witness to President Obama's address on human trafficking.
Ultimately, the short films on our website (www.3generations.org), our upcoming feature 10,000 Men, and Wells' extracurricular work with other anti-trafficking groups and events are all part of a plan to eliminate sex slavery forever. But we can't do this work without YOUR support. You make it possible for our films to be made and for Wells to attend prestigious forums like the Clinton Global Initiative in hopes of sharing her knowledge of the issue and inspiring systemic change.
We have spent more than two years researching and collecting footage for our upcoming feature length documentary 10,000 Men, which explores and exposes the dark world of the commercial sex trafficking industry. In the film, one of our main focuses is how children are often targets of traffickers (or pimps): a truth we hope to reveal. It's important to consider this issue from a societal perspective and investigate who and what fuels this industry. Many people believe that both women and men join this industry willingly and are not aware that the average recruitment age is 14 and that that the tactics used by traffickers to seduce their young victims are steeped in psychology. Vulnerable children are often targeted; those who have never had a stable family or home life and traffickers prey on these "weaknesses". Although the film enters into the discussion of the larger commercial sex industry in the US, it specifically highlights the child sex slavery epidemic by exploring allowing both current and former victims to tell their stories from where it started in their childhood. We've also interviewed traffickers and customers to get the deepest possible look into this world.
Although we are finished filming and in the post-production phase right now, we still have a long way to go and need your support every step of the way. Everyone needs to understand this issue further and our film can and will make that happen.
At 3 Generations we are currently working on our documentary film 10,000 Men that explores the commercial sex industry and the issue of child sex slavery, with a focus on the United States. Over the last few years we have spent a lot of time doing preparatory work and research for the film and now we are almost completely done with gathering footage. In fact, parts of the film are in the initial editing stage and we hope to have the final product done in the next few months. Our documentary will expose the cold hard truths of the commercial sex industry as well as the societal weaknesses from which it stems by talking to victims, Johns, pimps, police officers, and other industry experts. The film takes an entire look at the industry, and exposes it, from a cultural perspective.
We are also producing short films on this topic for our website, to help raise awareness before the debut of our documentary. We help survivors of sex trade tell their stories and give firsthand accounts of what really goes on within this industry. We are continuing to work with and support various other people and organizations that are also trying to expose the commercial sex industry, such as the Polaris Project and Rachel Lloyd of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services).
3 Generations is thrilled to move forward with our campaign, End Child Sex Slavery in the United States, in 2012. Here is a look back at this past year.
Measuring Our Successes in 2011:
-Broadened the landscape of narrative in the human rights field
-Developed partnerships with over 20 new organizations
-Created 22 new videos
-Shared our stories on CNN, YouTube, and partner websites
-Helped define the selling of children for sex as a crime against humanity
-Researched and filmed the crisis of sex trafficking across the USA
-Shot 40 + hours for 2012 stories
What you can do in 2012 and beyond:
-Sponsor a story
-Listen to the stories we have created
-Share our work
-Donate to our programs
Thank you for your continued support. Together we can end this human rights abuse.
Our current campaign to End Child Sex Slavery in the US continues to build momentum as an increased number of people become aware of the issue and acknowledge its severity. Since our last update many positive events have occurred across the country. Some of the highlights include: the release of the 2011 Trafficking in Persons report, Seattle Mayor McGinn’s stand against Backpage, and Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter feud with Village Voice over the validity of sex trafficking statistics. A feud that unexpectedly sparked the interest of many and proved that, regardless of the exact number, sex trafficking is a very real problem that deserves our attention.
Our team spent the majority of the summer filming on location in Colorado. Last month we hosted an event in Aspen, “The State of Human Trafficking in Colorado”. Sgt. Daniel Steele, Supervisor of the Vice Team, Denver Police Dept. spoke on the basic facts including, signs of a victim, and what people can do as individuals to support this cause. We also premiered the trailer for 3 Generations’ newest video, “Denver: Demand and Supply".
There is still much to be done. We are pleased to be taking action as part of the solution, and are looking forward to seeing more progress in the coming months. Please visit our website to watch and share survivor stories, and for additional tools, resources, and ways to get involved.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.
3 Generations Founder and President