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TRICKED is an intimate and definitive portrait of human trafficking in America today. Meet the pimps, the victims, families, the johns who fuel the business, and the cops who fight to stop it.

Director: Jane Wells, John-Keith Wasson
Year: 2013
Time: 80 min

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Share this film. Give others a chance to become informed about the sex trafficking industry.

Make a donation to 3 Generations, a non-profit organization created by Director Jane Wells to share stories of survivors of human rights abuses around the world. The stories addresses a topic that not enough people want to hear, one that is very difficult to finance. Meanwhile, the pro-prostitution lobby is active, articulate, and well-financed.

Become involved. You can join crowd-sourcing initiatives that help bust sex traffickers. Or you can participate in rescue efforts for young women and girls who long for freedom and recovery.

Related Articles and Resources

TRICKED sheds much-needed light on the world of human sex trafficking

Director Jane Wells told The Examiner:

“People like to think sex trafficking doesn’t happen in the United States, but the reality is that it’s happening in every town and every city (…)”

New Jersey Works To Curb Sex Trafficking Before the Super Bowl

Read more on here.

Group Uses Online Ads To Map Sex Trafficking

The Imagine Foundation plotted the locations of adult services in the Cincinnati area and found the highest-concentration areas followed interstate highways.

Read the full report on USA Today.

Huffington Post: Notes From a Chicago Escort

Young boys and men can become victims of the sex industry as well.

Read to the story of Nikolaos Al-Khadra, who was kicked out of his father’s house at age 17 and, within 2 hours, targeted by a pimp and was being raped by his customers.

Number Of Children Being Sex Trafficked Soars

The Telegraph says the number of British children being trafficked has more than doubled since last year.

How I Tell My Survivor Story

Danielle Douglas, one of the survivors featured in TRICKED, considers herself one of the lucky ones. She’s a survivor. As a result, she’s become a passionate advocate for those less fortunate.

Read this story from the perspective of one who was lured into this multi-billion dollar industry, who was once “dead and gone.” Listen to Danielle’s hopes for this film.

Sex and Super Bowls

“When they come to these kinds of events, the first thing you’re told is how many you’re gonna perform a day…”

For many years, Clemmie Greenlee was trafficked throughout the South, often working large-scale events like the Super Bowl. Abducted and gang-raped at age 12, she was one of eight girls controlled by a ring of pimps, men who injected them with heroin and, at times, kept them handcuffed to beds. For trying to run away, she was once stabbed in the back. Now she’s 53. Hear her story.

From the White House:

U.S. President Barack Obama on trafficking, which he says “must be called by its true name – modern slavery.”

The Prostitutes Aren’t the Problem: Targeting the Johns

Sgt. Dan Steele’s push to target the men who buy sex is at the forefront of a growing trend in American law enforcement based on the idea that the best way to reduce prostitution is to crack down on demand.

The johns are the so-called “guys next door,” and they have a lot to lose if they get busted.

Read more.

3 Generations

3 Generations is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping survivors tell their stories through film. It was created by TRICKED producer/director Jane Wells, giving survivors of trafficking, genocide, and other atrocities a voice that can bring healing and change.

Boys: The Sex Industry’s Shadow Victims

– Why is nobody talking about them?

Read the Daily Beast article that seeks to understand why the sexual abuse of boys has gone ignored.

Interview With Filmmakers Jane Wells and John-Keith Wasson

PBS NewsHour spoke with the filmmakers about what they discovered while making the film.

“I think there’s a bigger picture which is that the wider culture is being tricked into thinking that maybe prostitution is something that is harmless, and it isn’t,” said Wells.


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