By Hannah Eddy - Development & Outreach Coordinator
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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