I was interviewing a young girl in Atlanta last year. She was small with big black eyes and so young and fragile. Her voice was low and she kept her eyes down when she spoke. But she looked up at me when she said this: “Why do men think it’s ok to do this to us? Aren’t they supposed to protect us?” And she really wanted to know.
These young girls are resilient and most often, become peer advocates; someone who has very recently gone through rehabilitation and gives back to a young girl who just arrives. They want to give back because they understand they now have a chance at a life they’ve only dreamed about. They want the new arrival to understand this from her, not adults who have not experienced what they have experienced. They are amazing and I wish you could know them.
The reason I’m pushing for this film is because in 99% of American cities, there is no place to take a victim. There is no solution for them and they are usually put in detention and returned to their pimp (owner) when he comes to get them out. There is a solution, we’ve found it, will film it, and teach it. I’m attaching my original letter so you can dive into the story via the links if you like.
Your donations are tax deductible and if you company participates in a matching program, I’ll send our IRS Tax Determination Letter. Also – a big thank you to those of you who have donated and invited me to speak. We kicked this campaign off November 14th and we’ll keep going until December 31, 2011. Here is how you can help:
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or help me get in front of a group in your community to present what we know. I want to keep talking until people understand this is happening in every city in the United States.
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Human trafficking is a planet wide epidemic. With the ease of travel, human beings are trafficked planet wide and children are the most lucrative in this multi-billion dollar business. This film focuses on children between the ages of ten and sixteen. These children have been abandoned, literally thrown out of the home of one or both parents, left behind when parents move on. Or they have fled abusive situations so intense, the unknown is risked rather than face mutilation and death.
With the collaboration of women in law enforcement, victims, numerous law enforcement agents and lawmakers, we will weave the story concisely so as not to focus on the problem. We must make the problem clear but our intent is to focus on the need, the progress, and the solution. Not the problem.
A concerning issue is when these children escape and need help; there are few places for them to go. Added to this problem, there is a lack of law enforcement training when dealing with these children. Funds that were available for rehabilitation centers have been cut off by our government. There is a huge hole in our system that needs filling.
These kids need a safe place for rehabilitation and education. Having been forced to develop only survival skills, they lack healthy life styles, have deep psychological wounds, and need a structure to provide direction to live a productive life. An example of a beginning solution is the model Dallas, TX has put into place.
Safe havens have been developed for the kids to go to with rehabilitation offered. When these kids are ready, a solution is there for them.
Little Wolf Productions was approached by women of law enforcement expressing the need for help. “Help us help these children,” was their plea. They explained that funding disappeared for any forward movement to help victims of trafficking. The crux of the problem is: if a child is found during a drug bust or a sting, there is no place to take her for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation does not exist for minors. The training for law enforcement in this area is so scarce that oftentimes during a bust, if a young girl is present, she is told to go home. There is no home for her to go to.
This film is a tool to educate, raise awareness, and train task force agencies and law enforcement. They, at the grassroots, will use this film for the purpose of raising funds for the necessary rehabilitation centers that will provide medical treatment, counseling, social rehabilitation, education, and a safe place for these children and youth to learn how to live life as close to normal as possible.