Stopping Traffic is a feature-length documentary film and educational initiative to raise awareness about sex trafficking while impressing upon our world the necessity of forward-thinking, action-taking communities and leaders to implement effective and lasting solutions.
By being here, it shows you are ready to help change the world. You are a beacon of hope and inspiration to your friends, families and communities, and freedom lies at the core of your heart. But what about the 27 million children, women and men who do not have the freedoms that you do? Did you know...
Slavery In Our Time
When one person exerts control over another person in order to exploit them for economic gain, it is called human trafficking, and it’s a form of modern slavery that is happening as you read this right now, in almost every country across the surface of the Earth.
Surprised To Know Slavery Is Happening Right Now? We were too!
Human trafficking is the illegal trading of human beings for the purpose of exploiting them. Exploitation is defined as the action of treating someone unjustly and unfairly in order to benefit from their work. There are three means of exploitation through human trafficking:
Trafficking for forced labor. The movement of persons for the purpose of forced labor and services. These persons may be trafficked for debt labor, involuntary servitude, domestic servitude, or child labor, most often in areas of domestic work, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and entertainment.
Trafficking for organ harvesting. The movement of persons for the purpose of extracting organs or tissues. Victims of organ harvesting are often pressured to surrender an organ, or are promised money and other goods in exchange, but never receive payment. Victims may also have organs removed without their knowledge during medical procedures to treat another medical problem, which may be real or false.
Trafficking for sexual exploitation. Children and adults, both male and female, are coerced by sex traffickers to engage in commercial sex acts against their will by means of violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of manipulation.
It’s important to understand the scope of human trafficking as a whole, in order to fully comprehend the implications, causes and devastating effects that the different forms of trafficking have on society. Though Stopping Traffic will introduce its audience to these topics, it’s main focus is the trafficking of persons for sexual exploitation.
Sex trafficking is complex and deeply rooted in global social issues, such as poverty, unemployment, globalization, gender discrimination across different cultures, lack of education, corrupt law enforcement agencies or other organizations as well as a commercial demand for sex. As many families in developing countries face a lack of economic opportunities and/or gender discrimination, they often migrate under the pretense of a promised job and better life, but end up being forced into sex-trafficking. Sometimes family members are sold to traffickers. This is not always the case. Young boys and girls struggling through life can be befriended by traffickers who show them false love and friendship, slowly gaining their trust, until they begin prostituting them for huge profits.
In the United States, the average age of girls and boys forced to enter the sex trade is between 12 and 14 years. A trafficker exploits an average of 4 to 6 children at a time, and can make $150,000 to $200,000 per child each year. Globally, the average age of forced entry into the sex trade is between 11 and 14 years of age. Children are trafficked at such a young age because they are easily manipulated, physically weak, and can be taught to believe what they are doing is normal and acceptable. Child pornography is commonly a gateway into prostitution.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” - Socrates
You have the means and power to change the lives of all humans currently enslaved, and prevent the continued exploitation and enslavement of other human beings in the future, by using your thoughts, your speech and your actions in the direction of hope and change. The most important step is the first step. Support our documentary.
Our team asks you to find the courage to step through the lens of Stopping Traffic, and see an uncommon glimpse of sex trafficking that will leave you in awe of the resilience and strength that lies within the human spirit.
Stopping Traffic is a thought-provoking documentary that explores the movement to end modern-day slavery, with an emphasis on sex-trafficking.
Through first-hand accounts of traumatic sexual abuse, forced prostitution, slavery, and rape, you will hear from men, women, and children as young as six, how it feels to disappear into this dark world. The experiences they persevered through are devastating. Their stories are true. Their hope for life, and change, is beautiful.
Speak with leading advocates from various positions of the movement and educate yourself on the solutions they are implementing, the challenges they experience, and their opinions on how to bring an end to this injustice.
Rewind through years and years of human oppression and exploitation, as scholars and historians of slavery and trafficking share a historical narrative that will provide insight essential to understanding the problem as it continues today.
Learn from the refreshing outlook and creative ideas of youth movements as they inspire their peers and create a ripple effect of awareness in their own country.
Akwasi and Hayli, two university students that attended A21's WALK FOR FREEDOM this fall, are raising their voices about sex trafficking.
Let live and live. As monks and nuns of an ancient spiritual system from India, we dedicate ourselves to teach and live by the principle of nonviolence. That is our first vow. Not a single living being wants to experience pain or suffering. They want to live. They want to be free.
After discovering the atrocities of sex-trafficking and knowing there are human beings who are relentlessly tortured and dehumanized every single day of their lives, we could not look away. For them, we knew we needed to do something. That something is Stopping Traffic.
Though we are by no means experts on this issue, we have a voice, as well as freedom, both of which we will use to make a difference.
Watch this video and hear Sadhvi Siddhali Shree's personal story.
By bringing the diverse experience and expertise of the anti-trafficking community together into one documentary, we hope to create a conversation that will seek new perspectives and solutions while igniting action.
Stopping Traffic is gaining momentum. After our research phase, we gained support from many organizations within the span of a few weeks.
These organizations will contribute to the documentary by filming on-camera interviews, facilitating meetings with survivors, allowing access to safe houses and training centers, permitting entry and filming at trafficking awareness conferences, and sharing their wisdom through their combined decades of experience, and much more.
If you or someone you know is part of a team or organization that shares a similar vision and would like to be part of our film, please contact us.
No Working Title, and Give Them a Voice - Two organizations created by The Author that are building platforms for young boys and men to talk about their experiences of sexual abuse in a safe and supportive environment. Learn more about The Author and these organizations in our Second Kickstarter Update, found under the 'Updates' tab, near the top of the page.
"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." - Joel A. Barker
Stopping Traffic is not a commercial product nor is this project profit driven.
With successful funding we will distribute Stopping Traffic among universities, schools, organizations and the mainstream media at no-cost, to expand the education of sex-trafficking and turn up the volume of the anti-sex trafficking movement.
When speaking with Dave Batstone, an ethics professor at the University of San Francisco and founder of global anti-slavery organization Not For Sale, we asked him about his message. He said,
Research & Education. This is a continuous process of expanding our awareness on aspects of trafficking, though our initial researching phase is completed.
Communication & Outreach. We have now been in this phase for over a month and have created relationships that will allow us to see this meaningful project to completion. Outreach to further contributors will continue throughout the entire production.
Getting Behind The Camera. Filming begins during the final week of October, lasting through the end of March. If we receive additional funding beyond our goal, we will expand our outreach and international travel.
Bringing The Film To Life. This is where our talented in-house team will give the story its shape. Once the editing, film score and soundtrack are finalized, the documentary is complete and ready for its last phase.
Packing & Distribution. During the final phase the film will be converted to digital download as well as mastered into a DVD. We will begin distributing rewards right away.
Our goal is to complete the project by the end of August 2016. If we receive more funding to travel to more locations and countries, this will extend our production timeline.
We will keep you posted through project updates.
- October – November 2015 – Film in California and Texas
- December 2015 – Film in Philippines
- January – March 2016 – Additional US footage
- April – July 2016 – Post Production
- August 2016 – Distribution
Every 30 seconds, another person is sexually exploited.
Participate in this crowd-funded project and we can bring this awesome documentary to life and contribute to the movement to end modern-day slavery.
It will take a donation of only $25 by 800 world-changers, like you, to complete our project.
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With $20,000 we can film in the Philippines, and additional U.S. cities.
The extent and quality of our production is based on the funding that we receive. Close to $7000 has already been invested into travel and camera/audio equipment. $20,000 will cover filming, permits, license, film equipment, and additional travel and lodging costs in the Philippines, plus travel to additional cities in the continental US.
With additional funding we can upgrade our camera and audio equipment, travel to more countries and US cities, enter film festivals, and afford additional crew members and production.
- $20,000 - Gets us started in one international location
- $30,000 - Travel and film in additional US cities. Travel, lodging and filming in Mexico with a team of four, additional camera/audio equipment.
- $50,000 - Take the documentary to greater heights with an original film score by a surprise special musician. Plus, post-production.
- $70,000 - Help us get to India and submit to film festivals.
- $100,000 - Bring us to a city near you. 10-city screening tour within the continental US.
Siddhayatan Tirth & Spiritual Retreat , is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Acharya Shree Yogeesh, located in Windom, Texas that was founded on a simple premise: anybody can change when given the access to the right tools, right environment and right guidance. Siddhayatan operates 5 centers including a children’s school in India where the students receive free education.
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Risks and challenges
Sex Trafficking is a dark world and to enter and film that world has risks due to the situation, location, and the people involved. We won’t know what we will face until we are onsite. When we travel, guards and locals will accompany us.
The challenges that we might face include, but are not limited to, scheduling conflicts and interruption in filming/production due to unforeseen situations.
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