.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, 26 Seconds 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” and also transgenders in various cultures and regions. The documentary peers behind the shadowy curtain of the rampant global plague of sex trafficking, taking the audiences from the neon underground in Thailand to the dusty refugee camps of Iraq; from the glitz and glam of Las Vegas to across the border in Tijuana; from the sunny streets of Southern California to the slums of New Delhi and Phnom Penh; and the rift valleys in East Africa.
In intimate interviews, the audience gets a glimpse into the lives of children and women in various cultures and regions, which include vivid details in their own voice 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 working actively 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 thousands and thousands more in captivity.
The '26 Seconds' documentary chronicles the efforts of our experts and their teams to rescue victims from captivity. Who are the major players in perpetuating the sex trade? What are the living conditions of the enslaved? At whose hands do children face the most abuse? What are the major obstacles our experts face in extricating the victims from this bondage? Then, pairing dramatic interviews with heartbreaking video footage, we watch as survivors are reunited with their families as we witness their candid expressions of relief and elation.
'26 Seconds' 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, 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.
BACKGROUND/ STATISTICS 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 who become their traffickers. 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 phenomenon of modern day slavery impacted by mass migration, refugee displacement, terrorism and homegrown violent extremism and technology. By 2020, the entire world is expected to be connected to the Internet. 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, corporate and civic leaders are prepared to address the kinds of human exploitation that are generated against our children in the U.S and vulnerable adults around the globe. The challenge is to equip 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 haven to victims.
CALL TO ACTION
Join us in Creating Awareness and a Call for Action. Together we can raise awareness to the organizations, crisis intervention teams, committed law enforcement and dedicated citizens in the fight 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.