About this project
Last night we had a media storm and our campaign went viral. We’ve currently raised over $20,000 in the last 24 hours and the campaign is still growing.
We have a new stretch goal of $120,000 dollars. This new goal will allow us to visit two more cities in India and spend more time filming and creating a better documentary for the world to see.
The campaign ends today so please share the campaign on your facebook page, lets do this!
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Four years ago, I set out on a journey with the crazy idea to solve India’s education problems. On the way, I found an entirely different issue... Like many of you reading this, I had never heard of human trafficking, until I opened my first school in 2011 in Northern India. I noticed something odd; a decrease in the number of female students. Learning why was both shocking and disturbing - girls were disappearing from schools and families, into the sex trafficking industry. The issue quickly became personal to me and my team, and we made made it our mission to help.
What startled me the most was that no one knew about it. Many denied it was even happening. But there was proof, and I wanted to document it on film. This year I teamed up with award winning director Chris Davis, and we’ve been shooting for the last 6 months.
This documentary will expose the hidden industry of sex trafficking. It will not be a sterile, depressing chronicle, focusing on one single city or story. Chris and I have witnessed firsthand this sickening problem and have the inside story. We have seen much sadness, but just as much hope.
We need your help to launch this film. We are trying to raise $100,000 in 33 days, right here on Kickstarter. This goal is the bare minimum we need to complete the film. If the full amount isn’t achieved, the film gets no funding. This all-or-nothing approach is risky, but we really believe in your support.
Girls as young as thirteen are being violently stripped of their innocence. In our world, today. You and I have the power to save them. Bringing this film to the masses is a step toward achieving that.
Be a part of this movement. This is an ambitious project, but not beyond us. If we don’t fight for these girls, absolutely no one will.
Casey & Chris
Stolen Innocence delves into a hidden world, documenting the world’s fastest growing criminal activity. This is the untold story of girls deceived, kidnapped and forced into a life of slavery.
Through this documentary we want to give viewers the truth about India and its human trafficking problem. Previous documentaries have focused on particular cities or brothels in India. But never has anyone documented the force behind trafficking, what’s driving the industry’s rapid growth, and why lawmakers are doing nothing to prevent it.
We have the determination, connections and ability to go where no documentary has gone before.
We are traveling discreetly and undercover through India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Since it’s home to 90% of trafficked prostitutes, most of our filming will take place in India. We’ll take you to the busy streets of Mumbai, to the world’s largest brothel Kamathipura; to the beaches of Goa and the fastest growing city for trafficked girls; to the city of New Delhi to the most popular brothel Number 64, on to Kolkata which is considered the “source.” Then we’ll take you to the high Himalayas of Nepal where young girls are preyed upon for their fair skin.
On our journey we’ll examine every angle and every story. From brothel owners, pimps, madams and customers, to slaves and sex workers, rescue workers and anti-trafficking activists.
We want you to end the documentary feeling armed with knowledge, inspired by the strength of victims, and motivated by the heroic efforts of activists working in India.
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Casey Allred : Producer Casey started in international development at the age of 19 years old leading others in life changing activities for two years residing in Albania. While attending college at Utah State University he started nonprofit organization Effect International and successfully opened a school in India. In 2013 he founded Effect.org, a social enterprise that operates affordable private schools in India.
Chris Davis : Director Chris started his film career at the age of fifteen making award-winning short films and documentaries. At the age of nineteen he lived in Guatemala for a time, and the experience instilled further passion for travel and culture. He has worked professionally to tell the stories of people and cultures around the world through both motion and still photography. He has two decades of experience.
Though this is a serious topic, we still like to have fun out in the field!
Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter page!
Risks and challenges
Documentary filmmaking is a risky business even without filming in a foreign landscape, uncovering an illegal, underground activity and navigating various regulatory laws. We felt it was key to our success to film for several months in India to test the waters, and see if we could capture the needed footage. We were blown away with the support from our nonprofit friends in India and Nepal. We were able to film a fair amount of the film on that trip.
One challenge we might encounter will be risk and dangers of shooting a sensitive topic in India. Though Casey has worked in India for over 5 years and has an extensive network, dangers do exist working in these hostile environments. We’ve prepared ourselves by mostly working with locals, and having personal guards for protection.
There is still a substantial amount of filming to finish. It’s possible it could take longer than we would like, delaying the completion of the film. However, we’ve set our eyes on 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will do everything in our power to have the film finished by mid 2015 for submission.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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