ABOUT 26 SECONDS 26 Secondsis a dramatic feature documentary focusing on the horrors of sex trafficking around the world. Through a captivating journey in search of solutions, Galindo reveals the ubiquity of the problem and the gravity of the damage sustained by this evil, destructive trade. In raw, intimate interviews filmed in Thailand, Cambodia, Iraq, India, East Africa, Mexico, and right here in the USA, the audience gets a shocking glimpse into the lives of girls, women, pimps, and “Johns” from various cultures and regions. The documentary peers behind the shadowy curtain of the rampant global plague of sex trafficking, taking audiences from the neon underground in Thailand to the dusty refugee camps of Iraq; from the glitz and glam of Las Vegas to Tijuana; from the sunny streets of Southern California to the slums of New Delhi and Phnom Penh and the rift valleys of East Africa.
These intimate interviews include vivid details in the subjects' own voices how each victim was captured or lured into the sex trade, the horrors of their captivity, and the commitment of each individual and organization to get the survivors out at whatever cost. 26 Seconds sheds light on the nonprofit organizations, churches, and government agencies who are actively working to abolish this horrific practice. These organizations, among others, save victims from the debilitating effects of human trafficking. Thousands of children and women have been saved already, but there are still hundreds of thousands in captivity. The documentary chronicles the efforts of our experts and their teams to rescue victims from this modern-day slavery and explores the major players perpetuating the sex trade, the living conditions of the enslaved, at whose hands children face the most abuse, and the major obstacles our experts face in extricating victims from this bondage. Then, after exploring the interviews and heartbreaking video footage, we watch as survivors are reunited with their families as we share their relief and elation.
26 Seconds's visual style is vivid and dramatic, combining beautiful, sleek shots and silhouetted interviews with gritty “undercover” footage and licensed archival clips. Through the steady plodding pace of the editing, the documentary parallels such contrasting images as the neon lights of a Thai nightclub with the slums of an Indian metropolis, and the glitz and glam of Hollywood with a war-torn refugee camp in Iraq and the rift valleys of East Africa as a means of illustrating the diversity of victims and the ubiquity of the sex trade. Combined with observational scenes in villages, homes, camps, schools, and rehabilitation centers, these striking interviews and images draw out themes of human rights, self-reliance, and overcoming hopelessness even in the darkest of circumstances.
1.2 million children are trafficked every year. Some are coerced, manipulated, or kidnapped. Others are forced into it by close associates, like relatives, friends, boyfriends, and, tragically, sometimes their own parents. While there can be complex cultural and economic motivations at play, the sex trade is predicated on one undeniable reality: every day around the world, countless boys and girls are bought and raped by grown men. Forced labor is a $150 billion per year industry. The economic benefits of selling sex are irrefutable. Unlike drugs or weapons, children and women can be sold over and over again.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. We are truly experiencing a "societal shift." Trafficking of persons is a 21st century form of slavery, contributed to by mass migration, refugee displacement, terrorism, homegrown violent extremism, and technology. Advancing technologies will change crime and crime-solving on a scale never before realized, not only for our children but also for cartels, organized crime, pedophiles, and predators of all kinds. Few law enforcement agencies or corporate and civic leaders are prepared to address the kinds of human exploitation that are generated against children and vulnerable adults around the globe. The challenge ahead lies in equipping a cadre of global and U.S. experts for prevention, intervention, and prosecution for human exploitation cases, bringing perpetrators to justice and providing services and safe havens to victims.
CALL TO ACTION
Join us in Creating Awareness and a Call for Action. Together we can raise awareness of the organizations, crisis intervention teams, committed law enforcement and dedicated citizens fighting to eradicate global sex trafficking. Your support is the difference and the impact needed to defend and protect innocent children and women around the world.