Film Exposes Porn's Link to Human Trafficking in US

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A new documentary on human trafficking shows it's a more serious problem inside the U.S. than most people realize.

The film, entitled "Sex and Money," produced by a group of young Christian filmmakers, focuses on the dangers of pornography, which fuels this modern-day tragedy.

The goal behind the film is to let ordinary Americans know that trafficking exists in their everyday world. And it targets their young daughters.

"I thought I was the only 12 year old. I was told to lie and say that I was 16," one young victim recalls in the film.

"I was 14. He took me to California," another girl said.

These young girls are supposed to be at home at this age, in a loving, comforting environment.

Instead they're with pimps and johns and in dangerous places where they're raped and abused.

Filmmakers covered the country from cities and suburbs to rural areas. They talked with experts, former pimps who sold their victims to whomever would buy -- and the men who bought -- including a pastor.

He purchased his first sex act on the way to church.

"I was on my way to lead a candlelight service on Christmas Eve and it was just beginning to rain," the pastor said.

Now the group is on the road again, screening the documentary in churches and on college campuses.

"When people watch this film, they get really upset about the issue, and a lot of times with education comes the motivation to do something," co-producer Morgan Perry said.

Perry said the film has led one physician to train other doctors how to spot victims. One flight attendant also began an awareness campaign for her peers.

The production has also opened new conversations and ministry times in churches where they've shown it.

"I've had women come up to me, countless people, saying, 'I've been raped, sexually abused, addicted to porn and masterbation for X number of years," co-producer Sarah-Jo Sampson said.

"And I'm just realizing -- this is such a reality -- how much guilt and shame people are carrying for what's been done to them," she said.

This experience has also impacted the producers themselves.

When their research showed that different media often drives a person to buy sex, they realized the need to catch the attention of this iPod-driven generation.

"I think our generation has a choice with whether we're going to be contributing to the problem or whether we're going to be doing something positive to help the situation," co-producer Tim Dyk said.

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Heather Sells enjoys reporting on a variety of issues for CBN News. Some of her recent stories have focused on religious liberties, technology, AIDS, overseas missions, domestic trafficking, and politics.  Follow Heather on Twitter @SellsHeather and "like" her at Facebook.com/HeatherSellsCBNNews.