12: A documentary about child sex trafficking
12: A documentary about child sex trafficking
“12” is a deeply human story about a deeply human tragedy. Please help us to support the victims and their advocates.
“12” is a deeply human story about a deeply human tragedy. Please help us to support the victims and their advocates. Read more
This is Tiffany’s life.
She had met an older man who lived nearby in the Sacramento area. He promised her romance, gifts and a new life. Instead, he delivered violence, fear and abuse. Then he sold her. Tiffany was suddenly moved out of state to Oregon, forced into the commercial sex trade, and was on her way to Las Vegas when she was improbably rescued. Had she made it, her fate would have likely been sealed. Instead, she got to tell us her story…
Tiffany was 12.
That also happens to be the average age of young girls and boys entering into sex slavery in the U.S. today. It is not an easy subject to talk about, and the victims come from every part of our society. Often controlled by physical abuse, intimidation, lack of money, isolation, substance abuse or the promise of romance, they have no choice but to submit. It is slavery, and it happens in communities across America.
The numbers are horrifying. A minor is sexually abused in the U.S. every three minutes. Minor victims of sex slavery are sold 10-15 times a day, six days a week. More than 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. every year. Child pornography is a $3B industry, and 55% of it comes from the U.S. Since its creation, 5.4M reports of child exploitation have been made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Tiffany’s story needs to be told to keep the next child from becoming a victim.
This project is about accomplishing two goals:
One, to create a living documentary that increases awareness among teens, for themselves and their community. Initially, short documentary segments will be distributed through our teen focused iDrive program (watch the video below for details) which helps students advocate for e-Safety. From this foundation we will ask them to chronicle stories in their own community, capture them on video, and put a face, a voice and a story behind trafficking victims and the heroes who aid in their rescue across the country. With this video we will document an ever changing tale of other Tiffanys, a catalogue of our successes and reminder of the failures, to engage and inspire more students to take up the fight and keep telling this ever changing story.
Two, we are making a full-length documentary to use as an instrument for advocacy groups, law enforcement, media, community and faith organization. Our goal is to distribute this documentary to as many organizations as possible in order to highlight the issue of sex trafficking and support local efforts through education, enforcement and victim support. Really, it is for whoever can make a difference… whoever can help shine a light on this dark issue in their community and STOP child sex trafficking.
Our goal, for the first phase of the project, is to raise the financial and professional help needed to complete the core production work: a full documentary and shorter video segments. This may require travel to different cities in order to talk with additional victims and advocates. Our stretch goal would be to fund additional production work, using submitted footage, to make the living documentary, well, come to life for the next two years.
Risks and challenges
We’re paying it forward. By backing this project, you will play an integral role in creating a valuable resource. Every red cent will be used to get this project made, to put it in the hands of people to make a difference in their communities nationwide, and create a bigger impact.
So far, with the help of a brave young woman and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California, we have captured foundational video with Tiffany, patrol officers, advocates and prosecutors. It’s a good start, but we need more.
In addition, we will ask members of the film industry, many who have generously supported projects in the past, to provide in kind contribution of some of the larger costs. This may include their talent, direction, graphics, facilities and equipment. We, of course, will donate our staff time and program promotion.
As described above, we are raising funds to pay for production and travel costs that are unlikely to be donated.
The risk is that we won’t raise enough money to complete the project. But that risk doesn’t get measured by the length of a documentary that never got created. It will be measured in the number of people who did not use it to make a difference, or whose lives were broken.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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