Joyce, A Native American Trafficking Survivor
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.