Selling children for profit is a multi-billion dollar global industry, and it's getting worse. More than 1 million children are trafficked worldwide each year, and 43 percent are forced into sexual slavery.
Great Britain and the United States may have abolished slavery more than 150 years ago, but today human enslavement and sexual trafficking is widespread, affecting 160 countries worldwide.
"Trafficked: a Hope in the Dark," a new documentary produced by the Montana-based ministry Vision Beyond Borders, details sexual trafficking in Nepal and India.
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These Girls Aren't Prostitutes
Patrick Klein, executive producer of the film, shared the difference between prostitution and sex slavery.
"If you're a prostitute, a lot of times you choose that lifestyle and you make income from it," he said. "But these girls are not prostitutes. They are not choosing this lifestyle, they've been forced into this lifestyle, they've been sold as slaves."
Klein said there are instances of girls as young as 5 years old being taken from villages.
"Sometimes they'll actually be sold by their own family members," he added.
Filmmaker Jennings Barmore said the market for young girls is growing at brothels.
"It seems like their sell line every time was young girls, young, young girls," Barmore said. "And that was the way they tried to pull you in and how perverse things have become to where the selling point of getting men in here is younger girls."
The documentary excerpt copy reveals the startling world of the sex trafficking industry:
"Yeah, perhaps good girl, young girl? For sex? Yeah, you get here in Dual. And the rooms are soft, very nice... 25 minutes you get a good room. And you get all things there. Especially the young girls."
No Chance of Escape
Badar was 15 years old when a "friendly" man offered her a job. She accompanied him to a movie theater where he drugged her.
She fell unconscious, and later awoke in a Mumbai brothel.
"I asked one of the girls where I was and she said you are in a very bad place," Badar remembered. "I said I want to leave. She said the man who brought you here sold you for $160."
Badar could not escape because she was never left alone. Her plight is not the exception.
Vision Beyond Borders worker Debbie Chai said sex workers never get a break from their degrading lives. If they don't keep up their quota, they, and even their children, will pay a price.
"I heard they are told if you don't get a customer today you won't eat and that was really shocking," Chai said. "Or if you don't cooperate, we're going to hurt your child and so, even then their motherhood is violated."
Free Abortion Services
Some are denied the chance to experience the joy of motherhood. Klein said he's witnessed this new development in Kathmandu, Nepal.
"We're seeing abortion clinics coming up all over the place providing free abortion services," he said.
"I don't think it's cultural at all and especially a culture that is very family based, but It seems like they are finding, this is supposedly the solution to these women becoming impregnanted so let's just abort the baby," he continued. "You can keep going on doing what you are doing."
So, what is the solution to help rescue women, children, and others from sexual enslavement? Klein said people need to become aware of the problem, which is why he produced "Trafficked."
He also says prayer can make a difference.
"When Christians begin to pray and cry out to God, we see God working," he said.
"The powerful thing in this documentary is the transformed life. When these girls come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they find forgiveness for their own sins. But they are able to forgive the men and women who have used them," Klein said.
Coming 'Home to Mom'
What about Badar? After 15 years of slavery, she gained freedom when some Christians introduced the brothel owner to Christ. When she eventually returned to her home village, she was shunned by neighbors.
"But everyone there rejected me because of what happened. I searched everywhere for my mom, but could not find her, so I went back to Mumbai," Badar shared.
She later fled to another Asian country where a Christian woman named Deepa helped her transition into a new life free from sexual enslavement.
"When I got off the plane, I looked around but didn't see anyone I knew. But then I saw Deepa waving at me. And I thought in my heart, Okay, now I am going home to mom," Badar said.
Klein hopes his documentary will motivate Christians to get involved to help young women like Badar. The Vision Beyond Borders website offers ways people can get involved to help.
"I think when we see individual people and hear these women's stories, then all of a sudden they become a human being," he said. "And we also have a responsibility to do something to help them."