by Together 1 Heart, Viva Bianca & Sky Brett
Right now, 300,000 Americans under the age of 18 are at risk of exploitation in the sex trade, and an estimated 100,000 children are currently victims of sex trafficking in the United States. The average age of a child who is sex trafficked is 13, and California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
Trafficking often happens slowly, when a child is groomed by someone they come to trust until they are so deep in the relationship that they feel they have no way out. It can happen to anyone’s child, it can happen to your child. Sex trafficking is considered modern day slavery, it's a 42 billion dollar-a-year global industry -- the third most profitable organized crime, behind drugs and arms trade -- it is a national and global epidemic, it is mostly silent, and it is time for it to stop.
What is currently happening to prevent this and how can we help?
There are many incredible organizations in the U.S. doing important work in the anti-sex trafficking space (Polaris Project, CAST, Dream Center). To date, most programs have focused their efforts on rehabilitation, while less resources are geared toward preventing children from falling prey to such a predatory black market.
What is needed now is education around the risks of the sex trade, how children are groomed, and what signs to watch out for. Our work is focused on raising awareness about this mostly taboo, underground issue so that American children don’t fall prey to sex traffickers.
What are we raising money for?
In partnership with international anti sex trafficking nonprofit Together 1 Heart, with the power of storytelling, we can raise awareness across the country about this epidemic. MilkshakeGirls is a short film based on the true story of two teenage cousins in Toledo, Ohio, who were abducted, groomed, and sex trafficked in 2008. (Now safe, they live to tell their nightmarish story.)
With the collaboration of Hollywood creative and production professionals, we want to make this film and donate it to the right communities: the organizations on the front lines working to abolish sex trafficking-- Together 1 Heart, GWEN (Global Women’s Empowerment Network), UN Women, organizations that support foster youth and families, schools, and others. They will be able to use Milkshake Girls as a critical tool for education and raising awareness amongst teens, vulnerable communities, and families in the hope of keeping kids safe.
While there is much to be done in America to abolish modern day slavery and trafficking, this is our first step at making an impact.
Help us bring light to this issue and prevent the trafficking of American children by making a tax-deductible contribution to our project
Hero $10,000 (executive producer)
Angel $5,000 (associate producer)
Dream Maker $2,000
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