Film Shows Dark World of Sex Slavery in America

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 12:10 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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A shocking new documentary called "Tricked" shows that thousands of sex slaves are being trafficked throughout the United States every day.

The feature-length film's directors, Jane Wells and John-Keith Wasson, call it a $3 billion-a-year industry, and, according to Wells, it may become pervasive before the Super Bowl, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"I had worked on human-rights issues for years, but I had no idea of the extent of human trafficking in this country," Wells told Fox411. "I read an article stating that thousands of girls were being imported to the Super Bowl to provide sexual services to male fans."

"Tricked," which opens Dec. 13 in selected theaters, investigates the plight of innocent young girls who are forced to work as prostitutes for violent pimps while living in constant fear. The film sheds light on the hidden world of sexual abuse in interviews with pimps, law-enforcement officers, parents and the victims themselves.

Wells and Wasson were embedded with the Denver vice squad during their research while also examining the seamy underworld of Las Vegas.

"The pimps were so open in talking to us and had very little fear of repercussion, which speaks to the crime and how 'normalized' it has become in our society," said Wells. "None of them could possibly admit they were inflicting harm."

The FBI says sex trafficking is "much more organized and violent" than in the past. It revealed that young girls are coerced into the horrifying trade by frightening tactics such as gang rape, according to Fox411.

Sex trafficking survivor Danielle Douglas, who is featured in the documentary, said she fell into the dark underbelly of exploitation when she met a man at a party, who later became her boyfriend before forcing her into prostitution for two years.

"The stories of survivors are profoundly disturbing. Each one has a unique story to tell of how they were preyed upon," Wells said. "Trafficking is happening everywhere, every night, across America."

Earlier this year, the FBI rescued 105 sex-trafficking victims in what it called Operation Cross Country. One young girl was just 9 years old; another said she had been a prostitute since she was 11.

The film is a project of 3 Generations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping survivors share their stories to help them recover, while drawing attention to the under-reported activity.

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