.ABOUT THE FILM 26 Secondsis a dramatic feature-length documentary focusing on the horrors of sex trafficking around the world. Through a captivating journey, in search of solutions, the 26 Seconds documentary film 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 our own backyards in the USA…the audience gets a raw, often shocking glimpse into the lives of girls, women, pimps and “Johns” and also transgenders in various cultures and regions. It's a documentary that 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 across the border in Tijuana; and from the sunny streets of Southern California to the slums of New Delhi, Phnom Penh and the rift valleys of East Africa.
The film chronicles the efforts of our experts and their teams to rescue the girls from captivity. Who are the major players in perpetuating the trade? What are the living conditions of the enslaved girls? At whose hands do the girls face the most abuse? What are the major obstacles our experts face in extricating the girls from this bondage? Then, pairing dramatic interviews with heartbreaking video footage, we watch as rescued girls are reunited again with their families as we witness candid expressions of relief and elation.
In intimate interviews, the audience gets a raw, often shocking glimpse into the lives of women and girls in various cultures and regions, which include vivid details of how each girl was captured or lured into the sex trade, the horrors of their captivity, and the commitment of each individual and organization to get the girls 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 girls across the world 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.
This film is poignant and unapologetic in its exposure of a grave global dilemma, 26 Seconds delivers a compelling emotional journey, raises awareness of this urgent issue, and challenges each of us to stand up for these innocent children around the world.
BACKGROUND / STATISTIC
1.2 million children are trafficked every year. Some children are coerced, manipulated or kidnapped. Others are forced into it by close associates, like relatives, friends, boyfriends, pimps who become their traffickers, or 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 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, a girl can be sold over, and over, and over again. Oftentimes five to ten times per day. But how long will the screams of the victims go unheard? How long will the world stand by as children’s lives are shattered and scarred by sexual and emotional abuse?
STYLE OF THE FILM
The film’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 film 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. In addition, the presence of a ticking clock in each of these locations serves as a recurring motif to remind the audience of the urgency of this pressing global issue.
A CALL TO ACTION
The Time Is Now! 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 around the world. The Clock Is Ticking...
26 SECONDS DOC LLC. is a for-profit social enterprise financially helping non-profit organizations rescue survivors from the sex trade.