Last fall, President Obama brought the issue of sex trafficking to news headlines when he proclaimed sex trafficking to be a form of "modern slavery". Since his pronouncement, considerable progress has been made across the country. Despite this headway, there remains important work to be done. With an estimated 100,000 children in slavery in the US it is more important now, than ever before, that we keep the momentum going.
The biggest obstacle advocates face in the fight against sex trafficking is the lack of public awareness surrounding the issue. That's why, in our commitment to end this modern form of slavery, we have made a feature-length documentary film, to educate the population about this reality that is occuring in their communities and affecting their sons and daughters.
The award-winning documentary has received an offer of distribution, meaning it will be available through video on demand services, and will hopefully see limited theatrical release. Sex trafficking of children is not a rare phenomenon, but is happening in every community around the world, and until we raise enough awareness about this issue, our kids remain at risk of being swept into the controlling hands of a trafficker. With the help of donors, we can make a major impact on awareness in this country.
Modern-day slavery is unfathomable in this day in age, but it does exist and so long as it remains hidden, it will continue to proliferate. That is why 3 Generations is so vehemently devoted to raising awareness to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, impacting girls as young as 9 and taking place right here in the United State of America. Our campaign to “End Child Sex Slavery in the United States” is multifaceted and while the fight to end human trafficking gained momentum on a national level in 2012, it is important that we keep with that same vigor in 2013.
With this year’s release of our feature-length documentary, 10,000 Men, our desire is to reach a broader audience and awaken the public to this prevalent problem. The film, featuring four major cities across the United States, underscores the pervasiveness of the illicit industry within our borders. We hope it provides domestic trafficking with the attention it needs in order to be eradicated.
Another important aspect of our project is to contribute to the national dialogue about ending sexual slavery. We plan to attend several more think-tanks and forums this year. Just this month, our founder, Jane Wells, and in-house producer, Elizabeth Woller, attended “The Summit 2 End It,” a conference to discuss how to end human trafficking in the state of Colorado.
A recently added dimension to our campaign is the consistently overlooked crisis in the U.S. involving sex trafficking and native women. American Indian women and children have been reported to be especially vulnerable to traffickers and represent a disproportionate number of sex-trafficking victims. Last year, we produced Lost Hope, a short addressing the trafficking of Native Americans in Minnesota, and our proud to have been featured in four film festivals, particularly because it accorded recognition to a too-often ignored issue of a too-long neglected population. This year, we will be creating a new 30-minute short film, entitled Whatever happened to Margaret?, elaborating on the struggles of Native American women and further elucidating why they fall prey to sex traffickers. We will also be creating a new series of stories about the trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota for the 3 Generations website. The plight of Native American women and children is one that shall no longer be disregarded.
This year, the problem of child sex slavery in the United States is one that needs be discussed in every home. As a Denver police captain featured in 10,000 Men said, “People do not really understand that it’s domestic. These are our daughters, this is our community. If we take effort to stop trafficking […] it’s going to be at the protection of our kids.” In order to make this a reality, we need your help. We need you to discuss this difficult issue with your friends and family, we need you to raise awareness to the sex trafficking taking place in your own backyards and we need you to continue backing our organization.
Thank you for your continued support.
We look forward to spending 2013 working with you all to create real long-lasting change.
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.
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3 Generations Founder and President