'Pink Room' a Hopeful View on Sex Trafficking Fight

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The 2012 Redemptive Film Festival recently honored more than 30 films for their storylines, including a movie called "The Pink Room."

The film chronicles young girls trapped in sex trafficking, letting viewers in on the pain of young, trafficked girls in the village of Svay Pak, Cambodia.

The main economy here: child prostitution. Tragically, pedophiles from around the world arrive daily to take advantage.

But "The Pink Room" is quick to focus on a redemptive ministry in Svay Pak. Agape International Missions is helping to restore girls who are rescued.

Director Joel Sandvos said he wanted to tell their stories.

"We focused on hope. We focused on restoration," Sandvos explained. "It's not about just talking about how bad the problem is. But it really sets itself apart because it's about solutions and it's about hope and in the end people are crying tears of joy rather than tears of depression and frustration."

"The Pink Room" shows how the Agape ministry rebuilds young lives, lives like Mien's. After watching her brothers and sisters go hungry, she decided at age 14 to enter a brothel. She quickly found herself trapped in torture and bondage, worse than she had imagined.

But when she arrived at the Agape home, she found a new world, beginning with a princess ceremony. The idea: let the girls know from the start that they are loved.

"They've heard before from their customers, 'I love you' and so they're like, 'Yeah, I've heard that before,'" Bridget Brewster, with Agape, said. "But then they start living it, start believing it."

Sandvos is currently re-editing the piece for PBS. He said it's already awakening the Church as viewers begin to see how to help children who've suffered unspeakable evil.

"People are very hopeful when they talk to us," he said. "They say, 'I see a lot of documentaries on sex trafficking, but this one made me feel good and I was actually happy and hopeful.'"

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