12 is a deeply human story about a deeply human tragedy.
That is the average age of young girls and boys entering into sex slavery in the U.S. today. It is not an easy subject to talk about, and the victims come from every part of our society. Often controlled by physical abuse, intimidation, lack of money, isolation, substance abuse or the promise of romance, they have no choice but to submit. It is slavery, and it happens in communities across America.
This is Tiffany’s life.
She had met an older man who lived nearby in the Sacramento area. He promised her romance, gifts and a new life. Instead, he delivered violence, fear and abuse. Then he sold her. Tiffany was suddenly moved out of state to Oregon, forced into the commercial sex trade, and was on her way to Las Vegas when she was improbably rescued. Had she made it, her fate would have likely been sealed. Instead, she got to tell us her story…
Tiffany’s story needs to be told to keep the next child from becoming a victim.
This project is about accomplishing two goals:
One, to create a living documentary that increases awareness among teens, for themselves and their community. Initially, short documentary segments will be distributed through our teen focused iDrive program which helps students advocate for e-Safety. From this foundation we will ask them to chronicle stories in their own community, capture them on video, and put a face, a voice and a story behind trafficking victims and the heroes who aid in their rescue across the country. With this video we will document an ever changing tale of other Tiffanys, a catalogue of our successes and reminder of the failures, to engage and inspire more students to take up the fight and keep telling this ever changing story.
Two, we are making a full-length documentary to use as an instrument for advocacy groups, law enforcement, media, community and faith organization. Our goal is to distribute this documentary to as many organizations as possible in order to highlight the issue of sex trafficking and support local efforts through education, enforcement and victim support. Really, it is for whoever can make a difference… whoever can help shine a light on this dark issue in their community and STOP child sex trafficking.