In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom
Many of us feel safe and comfortable in our own cities, but would it surprise you to know that vulnerable women and children are being targeted by sex traffickers in your area – in plain sight?
Did you know that the average age for girls trafficked into prostitution is 12 to 14 years of age? Do you know this is all happening in the US? The truth is that at least 100,000 children are sold for sex in the US each year and this can happen in your city as well.
IN PLAIN SIGHT is an inspiring documentary focused on six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America. Journeying to five US cities, the film shows what’s really going on down the street, in front of your eyes.
I believe we should have the right perspective on this matter. As a lawyer states during the movie: “Young women and young men that are caught in this are actually victims. They are being manipulated, coerced and they are slaves.” We need to be aware of the fact that many victims have a background of neglect or sexual abuse in their own families at a very young age and these patterns persists as the victims grow confused over what is normal in their lives.
Most people look away due to complexity of the problem, but others are rising up to take action like the six female abolitionists highlighted in this documentary. I found it encouraging how one of the abolitionists affirms the need for action in this field: “We have to be willing to roll our sleeves up and get our hands dirty and be willing to say ‘No more, we are not being a part of continuing the same problem. Whatever is causing it – it must stop!’”
The movie caught my attention because I could see the benefits of residential recovery and treatment programs towards the girls who came out of prostitution. I strongly recommend this documentary as it is eye opening and encouraging as we witness the stories of hope and freedom in the midst of darkness!
My reassurance for everyone who reads this is that if you can impact at least one life, it is worth it. Fight for the things that last forever!