How can we prevent sexual exploitation?
A recent report by the Walk Free Foundation shows that the estimated number of people trapped in modern slavery around the world, and especially in developed countries like the US and UK, is much higher than previously thought. The report estimates that in the US alone, 403,000 (or one out every 800 Americans) are living in conditions of modern slavery — many of them as sex slaves.
Most governments around the world have responded to the brutal trade in sex slaves by stepping up prosecutions of traffickers, providing aftercare to victims, and considering legalization of prostitution. But few, if any, have addressed the accelerating demand for sex slaves and prostitutes. In Red Light Green Light, filmmakers Jared and Michelle Brock travel across ten countries to explore that essential part of the equation, asking the crucial question:
How we can prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?
Along the way, Red Light Green Light delves into the complications law enforcement and anti-trafficking organizations face in addressing exploitation, raises fundamental questions about the gender politics that shape approaches to sex trafficking, and examines the social factors that make some women more vulnerable to victimization.
“This movie will change the way we think about, talk about, and decide about the growing plight of women in the sex trade.”
- Mark Buchanan | Professor of Pastoral Theology, Ambrose Seminary, Calgary, AB