Books and Films

Books:

1. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale: A Memoir
2011. by Rachel Lloyd. A memoir of Rachel Lloyd that tells her riveting survivor story of her hard won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service. GEMS helps countless other young girls escape “the life”. It is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.

2. God in a Brothel: An undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue
2011. by Daniel Walker. This is the true story of an undercover investigator’s experiences infiltrating the multi-billion-dollar global sex industry. It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators. It is also a story of haunting despair for those left behind in corrupt systems of law enforcement.

3. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
2009. by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn. Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn serve as guides to undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there. Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential.

4. Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them
2011. by Julian Sher. This book introduces the girls who are fighting for their dignity, the cops who are trying to rescue them, and the community activists battling to protect the nation’s most forsaken children. Go behind the scenes to expose one of America’s most underreported crimes.

5. The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy It
2009. by Victor Malarek. Investigative journalist Victor Malarek turns the spotlight on the other side of the crisis – the men who fuel the demand. In this hard-hitting expose, Malarek unmasks the kind of men – and organizations – that drive the sex trade around the world.

6. The Slave Across the Street
2010. by Theresa Flores, Peggy Sue Wells. In this powerful true story, Theresa Flores shares how her life as an All-American blue-eyed, blond-haired 15-year-old teenager who could have been your neighbor was enslaved into the dangerous world of sex trafficking while living in an upper middle class suburb of Detroit. Her story peels the cover off of this horrific criminal activity and gives dedicated activists as well as casual bystanders a glimpse into the underbelly of trafficking.

7. Renting Lacey: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children (A Call to Action)
2013. by Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma. The average age of entry into prostitution in America is 13 years old. Forced into a life they never chose, manipulated, abused and tortured at the hands of the pimps
who control them, our country’s children are sold on the streets, on the Internet, and at truck stops across America every night. They aren’t bad kids who made bad choices. They are victims of child sex trafficking.

8. Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
2009. by Siddharth Kara. Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, coerced to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. These trafficked sex slaves form the backbone of one of the world’s most profitable illicit enterprises and generate huge profits for their exploiters, for unlike narcotics, which must be grown, harvested, refined, and packaged, sex slaves require no such “processing,” and can be repeatedly “consumed.”

 

Films:

1. Amazing Grace- 2006
Ioan Griffudd, Albert Finney. “Ioan Griffudd plays William Wilberforce, who, as a Member of Parliament, navigated the world of the 18th Century backroom politics to end the slave trade in the British Empire. Albert Finney plays John Newton, a confidante of Wilberforce who inspires him to pursue a life service to humanity. Benedict Cumberbatch is William Pitt the Younger, England’s youngest ever Prime Minister at the age of 24, who encourages his friend Wilberforce to take up fight to outlaw slavery and supports him in his struggles in Parliament.

Elected to the House of Commons at the age of 21, and on his way to a successful political career, William Wilberforce, over the course of two decades, took on the English establishment and persuaded those in power to end the inhumane trade of slavery.

2. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids- 2004
A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born Into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski a New York-based photographer gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.

3. Half the Sky- 2012
Nicholas Kristof, Somaly Mam, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eve Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde. A four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. The film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.

4. Nefarious I: Merchant of Souls- 2011
Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex-slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You’ll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. You’ll hear first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders.

5. Not My Life- 2011
Not My Life is a 2011 American independent documentary film about human trafficking and contemporary slavery. The film interviews over fifty including investigative journalist Paul Radu of Bucharest, Katherine Chon of the Polaris Project, and Somaly Mam of the Somaly Mam Foundation. The film depicts varying forms of slavery as well as sex trafficking victims, some of whom are only five or six years old.

6. Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth- 2011
A documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. Since September 2009, the crew has traveled to over 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists, porn-stars, and others.

7. Taken- 2011
Starring Liam Neeson, a retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris and sold into the world of sex trafficking.

8. Very Young Girls- 2007
An expose of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely adolescent girls, using verite and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women.

9. Trade of Innocents- 2012
In the back streets of a tourist town in present-day Southeast Asia, we find a filthy cinder block room; a bed with soiled sheets; a little girl waits for the next man to use her. Alex, a human trafficking investigator and his wife, Claire, work to overcome the realities of child exploitation where they now live and work.

10. The Whistleblower- 2010
A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. After beginning a new position as the head of the gender equality department in Bosnia, Bolkovac soon realizes that no one can be trusted as she uncovers a ring of sex-trafficking that includes the very people she works with and who are meant to protect the people being harmed. As her case progresses and more discoveries are made, Bolkovac isn’t just fighting the issue of sex trafficking but also those in higher authorities trying to shut her down.