For some reason, these movies about trafficking don’t get the attention they deserve. I don’t think it’s because they are bad movies.
More like it’s a topic that doesn’t capture peoples attention because it is so huge that people can’t fathom what it really is.
And I understand fully.
People like Harvey Weinstein would probably not support movies like this and I know many more producers who also don’t want to get the message out.
But I don’t think it is the main problem.
I’m convinced people doesn’t take trafficking seriously until someone close gets snatched or raped. I know I didn’t.
I didn’t even know it was a problem.
But my two sisters who were both sexually abused opened my mind on a horror roadshow in Albania a few years ago where we found Angelica abused by drugs and sexual monsters.
She was skinny, beaten up, exhausted and hurt – mind as well as body.
During the last twenty years quite a few movies have been made about trafficking. But it looks like the one who con open the mind and the eyes of people is the latest: Sound of Freedom. I think this is a tipping point.
And I have to admit, it is a very strong and emotional movie.
All the movies in this list are great movies but most of them didn’t get the views they deserved. So go watch them all and educate yourself in the process.
Trafficking is the fastest growing business in the world!
Drugs and guns can only be sold once. But women and children can be sold day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, over and over and over again!
Trafficking is one of the most lucrative businesses ever invented and the risk involved is far less than in drugs.
Human trafficking, the clandestine trade of human beings, has emerged as one of the most pressing global issues, silently plaguing societies around the world. Despite its pervasive nature, there exists a disconcerting disbelief among some individuals regarding the gravity of this problem. This essay aims to shed light on the importance of recognizing human trafficking as a significant global crisis and explores the reasons behind the scepticism surrounding its magnitude.
Scope and Scale of Human Trafficking:
Human trafficking is a complex and multifaceted problem that spans across borders, impacting millions of lives annually. Victims are subjected to various forms of exploitation, including forced labour, sexual exploitation, and organ trafficking. The International Labour Organization estimates that over 40 million people are victims of modern slavery, making human trafficking the second-largest criminal enterprise globally.
Factors Contributing to Skepticism:
1. Lack of Awareness:
One reason for scepticism lies in the lack of awareness about the various forms of human trafficking. Many individuals may not fully comprehend the extent of the issue or the diverse ways in which people are exploited.
2. Invisible Nature:
Human trafficking often operates in the shadows, making it challenging to detect and quantify. Victims may be hidden in plain sight, and the clandestine nature of the trade contributes to a sense of disbelief among those who have not directly encountered its harsh realities.
3. Normalization of Exploitation:
In certain societies, there may be a normalization of exploitative practices, such as forced labor or child trafficking. This normalization can lead some individuals to downplay the severity of these activities or dismiss them as isolated incidents rather than recognizing them as part of a broader, systemic issue.
Importance of Acknowledging the Crisis:
1. Human Rights Violation:
Human trafficking is a blatant violation of basic human rights. Acknowledging its significance is crucial to upholding the principles of dignity, freedom, and equality for all individuals.
2. Global Impact:
The interconnected nature of our world means that human trafficking has far-reaching consequences. It destabilizes economies, fuels organized crime, and poses a threat to international peace and security.
3. Prevention and Intervention:
Recognizing the enormity of the problem is the first step toward effective prevention and intervention. Governments, NGOs, and individuals can only address human trafficking comprehensively when they acknowledge its scale and work collaboratively to combat it.
In conclusion, human trafficking stands as a formidable global crisis that demands urgent attention and concerted efforts. The disbelief surrounding its prevalence can be attributed to various factors, including a lack of awareness and the invisible nature of the crime. However, acknowledging the severity of human trafficking is paramount for fostering global cooperation, implementing effective policies, and ultimately eradicating this grave violation of human rights. Only through collective awareness and action can societies hope to dismantle the networks that perpetuate this modern-day scourge.
Movies about human trafficking.
This is a list of good trafficking movies. In all of the movies, it is only the trafficking part that is real. The hero parts are NOT! There are no action heroes out there. There are a few cops around but they neither have the time nor the budget to do something serious. Traffickers know this and they try to keep a low profile not to attract attention.
The Whistleblower is a drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a cop who served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia after the war. She blew the whistle on the U.N. for covering up a sex trafficking scandal involving a US military contractor and a lot of corruption. The movie is based on true events. You really see how big corp and governments cover up these crimes and try to make life miserable for people who want to expose the crimes.
Out of Reach. A Steven Seagal movie. He discovers that a foster program he knows actually is a human trafficking network. Very much like the foster home Len lived in. Apart from the hero in this movie, the rest is very real.
Trafficked (2017) with Ashley Judd. Inspired by real characters, three girls from America, Nigeria, and India are trafficked through an elaborate network and enslaved in a Texas brothel. Together, they attempt a daring escape to reclaim their freedom.
Human Trafficking (2005) with Donald Sutherland. Thousands of women have vanished from their everyday lives, forced into an existence of slavery, brutality and prostitution. Fantastic movie and very realistic.
Taken 1, 2 & 3 with Liam Nesson. A trilogy based on trafficking. The plot is very realistic apart from the hero.
Sex Trafficking in America (2019). The scumbags are selling women right under our noses. In America! In Phoenix! This is a Documentary!
Trade (2007). This drama follows the story of a young Mexican man who is kidnapped and taken to New York, where he is forced into prostitution.
Eden. Based on a true story. This movie is violent and horrible. But very realistic. Right at our doorstep. In the US!
Not My Life (2011). This documentary film explores the global issue of human trafficking and the various forms it takes, including forced labour, sexual exploitation, and child soldiers.
Invisible Chains (2010). This documentary film explores the issue of human trafficking in the United States, focusing on the experiences of survivors and the efforts of law enforcement and advocacy groups to combat the problem.
Tricked 2013. This documentary exposes human trafficking in the US.
I am Jane Doe (2011). Is it legal to advertise for sex trafficking?
Taken in Broad Daylight (2009). This drama is based on the true story of a teenage girl who is abducted and held for ransom by a group of traffickers.
The Millennium Series. (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest are movies based on Steig Larssons Millennium Trilology. Besides trafficking it also deals with abuse of women and children. It is awesome!
Acts of Violence. Bruce Willis as cop. 3 young men and women get involved in trafficking. Action movie. It doesn’t happen like this in the real world. The trafficking part though is very real. Unfortunately, the heroes aren’t.
Sound of Freedom. 2023. Now, this is the real thing! A true story! Tim Ballard has been working under cover for twenty years doing sting operations, saved a lot of children and put a lot of perps behind bars. The movie has been a huge success and I can see the light spread for the first time. People all over the world are touched by this movie and information about the true and cruel nature of trafficking finds its way to a people like never before. Seems mankind finally is ready to face the horrors of this crime.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002). A Swedish film that tells the heartbreaking story of a young girl from Eastern Europe who becomes a victim of human trafficking and forced into a life of prostitution.
Trade of Innocents (2012). Set in Southeast Asia, this film explores the efforts of a couple to rescue girls from sex trafficking.
SOLD (2016). This drama follows a young Nepali girl who is trafficked into the Indian sex trade and her courageous journey to regain her freedom.
Holly (2006). Set in Cambodia, this film portrays the story of a Vietnamese girl who is trafficked into the sex trade and the man who tries to rescue her.