“IN PLAIN SIGHT; STORIES OF HOPE AND FREEDOM” For Sex Trafficked Vicitms

In Plain Sight coverThe Civil War did not end slavery did not end in the United States. There is still a large market for buying and selling women and children…in your city. It’s being sold through ads in the back of weekly newspapers, posts on Craigslist.com and Backpage.com, at massage parlors, via escort services, at truck stops, and at a motel you drive by on a daily basis. Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom (Word Films) tackles the issue of sex trafficking across America.

Synopsis:

In Plain Sight is an inspiring documentary featuring the work of six female abolitionists as they fight against sex trafficking in the United States. Journeying to six US cities, the film opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street ‘in plain sight.’ Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home founded by one of the featured abolitionists.

In Plain Sight addresses many preconceived notions about sex trafficking.

One of the first things this documentary does is define sex trafficking as a commercial sex act induced by fraud, force or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age. Any minor engaged in a commercial sexual act is considered a trafficking victim regardless of whether force, fraud or coercion is involved. In other words, there is no such thing as a child prostitute, he or she is a trafficking victim.

Another preconceived notion, due to plain ignorance or Hollywood—think “Pretty Woman”—is that people involved in selling sex want to do it in order to make lots of money. However, there is nothing glamorous about this industry. The average age of someone being sold into sexual slavery is 12-14 years old. Many were sexually abused at an even younger age and many are runaways. They are forced to perform sexual acts seven days a week and they make nothing. The pimp keeps all the money, making hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

“The reality is that children are being ravaged day in and day out,” said Natalie Grant. “If you have a heart beating on the inside of you, I don’t understand how this couldn’t be important to you.”

“Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities,” said David Trotter, co-executive producer. “This isn’t limited to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. We’re talking about cities across America – from Sacramento to Little Rock to Baltimore – where the unthinkable is happening.”

While In Plain Sight makes no bones about the issue and industry of sex trafficking, it shows compassion with the interviews of the victims. The documentary is heartbreaking and it is inspiring.

To learn more, go to In Plain Sight.