Human trafficking involves horrific abuse of human beings –for profit. Even caregivers working with survivors and law enforcement officers on anti-trafficking operations find it difficult to digest what they see and hear. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED with all videos, articles, images. ADULT THEMES AND NUDITY. These are documentaries and movies/docu-dramas based on true events. The exploitation and violence contained in these films is disturbing, but is daily reality for millions of victims of human trafficking – of all ages.
Ghosts is based on a true story about twenty three Chinese illegal migrant workers who drowned while collecting cockles (a shellfish) off the coast of England on the night of February 5, 2004. They become cut off by the incoming tide and although one person was able to use a mobile phone to contact rescue services a number of circumstances led to their death. Two bodies were never recovered. Please visit the site for updated information of the Morecambe Bay tragedy.
The 2006 film Ghosts, directed by Nick Broomfield, is a dramatisation of the events leading up to the tragedy.
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.
San Francisco International Film Festival 2011
“The brutal world of sex trafficking may seem an unlikely basis for a well-oiled international thriller, yet first-time director Larysa Kondracki, with the help of a stellar cast led by Academy Award–winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has accomplished just that, using the slick format of a police procedural to treat a dire social issue. Kathryn Bolkovac is a single mom in the mid-1990s seeking a transfer from her police department in Nebraska to be closer to her children, who are moving away with their father. Unable to secure anything nearby, she decides to accept a well-paid six-month posting in Sarajevo with a private peacekeeping contractor. Despite her unlikely background for such a position, she takes to the job immediately, quickly learning to maneuver around the organization’s boy’s-club atmosphere and the cultural complexities of overseeing a corrupt local police force rife with sexism and still-simmering ethnic feuds. But she soon finds herself embroiled in a far-reaching United Nations cover-up of a sex-trafficking scandal. Undeterred by attempts from higher-ups to thwart her investigation, and faced with threats on her life, she fights to uncover the truth. Weisz’s portrayal of the real-life Bolkovac deftly balances her steely determination with sensitivity and vulnerability. Her equally impressive supporting cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn, while director Kondracki tempers the unflinching treatment of her harrowing subject with a propulsive forward momentum. The Whistleblower is a stirring tale of courage in the face of the most depraved corruption.”
– Jesse Dubus
Not My Life is the first documentary film to depict the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale.
Filmed on five continents over a period of four years, Not My Life unflinchingly, but with enormous dignity and compassion, depicts the unspeakable practices of a multi-billion dollar global industry whose profits, as the film’s narration says, “are built on the backs and in the beds of our planet’s youth.”
While acknowledging that trafficking and slavery are universal crimes, affecting millions of human beings all over the world, Not My Life zeroes in on the fact that the vast majority of trafficking and slavery victims are indeed children.” Please support this wonderful documentary. See www.notmylife.org
SEX + MONEY: A National Search for Human Worth is a feature length film that documents a group of students as they travel in an RV across the United States, seeking to understand how the sexual exploitation of children has become the nation’s fasting growing form of organized crime.
As the students encounter the brave men and women who are fighting on the front lines of the modern abolitionist movement, they begin to consider what further action can be taken to bring an end to such obscene forms of injustice.
Please visit www.sexandmoneyfilm.org