For the last year we have been raising funds to make a documentary on legalization of prostitution, its connection to sex trafficking, and preventative models around the world that work to decrease sexual exploitation and demand for paid sex. It is a highly charged, complex topic, and based on the generous donations many of you have given over the last 12 months, it is also an important one worth addressing.
Why Are We Making This Film?
Governments around the world are currently making legislative decisions about prostitution. In Canada it is going before the Supreme Court soon. Both research and the personal stories of sex trafficking survivors indicate that prostitution and sexual exploitation are inextricably linked. But how? And to what extent? Does legalization make the sex industry safer? If not, what are alternatives that prevent sexual exploitation?
We are embarking on a journey to find out. We are travelling to several countries to explore what the impact of different prostitution laws are on sex trafficking, and what prevention looks like in different cultural contexts. Our hope is that through a feature length documentary, we can change the way people think about prostitution and help leaders make policy decisions that decrease, not increase, sexual exploitation.
Where Are We At?
Thanks to the generosity of many of you, we have raised $30,000 to date. WOW! We feel so humbled and blessed by your investment into this project, and a thank you really is not enough! In order to step on that plane in mid-October, we need a minimum of $10,000 more on top of that.
We have 33 days to raise $10,000!
Fundraising will continue after we leave as well, for the costs that will come with post-production etc, but in order for us to begin filming we have to have a total of $40,000 by October 15. Since this is a timely issue, we must begin filming this fall.
5 Ways You Can Help Us:
Make a Donation Online. ALL Canadian donations receive tax receipts (under charitable # 12659 9919 RR0001). DONATE ONLINE HERE! If you prefer to donate by cheque, make it out to Hope for the Sold and send it to this address:
International Teams Canada 1 Union Street Elmira, Ontario Canada N3B 3J9 **American donors, you can get tax receipts as well by scrolling down for instructions on this page.
Join us for the RIDE FOR REFUGE. It is family-friendly bicycling fundraiser that supports a bunch of different charities, including Hope for the Sold. Ride with your family & friends! Rides take place in several cities across Canada and the U.S. Depending on your city, the ride will take place either in late September or October. You do NOT need to be an experienced cyclist! We have 11 riders so far. We’d love to have 40! Ride for Hope for the Sold and register today!
Give a business donation. We are looking for businesses who are willing to support this project! If you are a business owner or know one who might be interested, please consider giving to Hope for the Sold. Once again, all donations will receive a tax receipt. Any questions can be send via our contact section.
Have us come speak at your church, school, or community group. We come equipped with a list of practical ways that people and communities can fight sex trafficking, both in their communities and abroad. We ask that our travel costs be covered and for a donation to be given to Hope for the Sold. Keep in mind that we plan to leave mid-October, so send us your request and we will see what dates would be available!
Organize a fundraiser. Have a garage sale. Invite your friends over for a dessert party. Put together a silent auction. Offer to babysit for a donation. Have a good ole fashioned game of BINGO! Have a bake sale. Sell some crafts. Throw a party. Be creative, the sky is the limit!
Spread the word. Share this post with your friends, family & co-workers, via facebook, twitter, email, or other social networks you use! If you’re a blogger, write a blog post! For you facebookers, like this post. Or tweet it. Or digg it. Like our our facebook fan page and follow us on twitter. I often ask myself whether I am stewarding my online presence well. If this issue resonates with you, please consider spreading the word!
It took one film, 6 years ago, to make us aware that sex trafficking was happening. It was the catalyst that pushed us into action. Now it is our turn to play it forward. We have seen the devastating impact of sexual exploitation and learned that rehabilitation is extremely difficult. If we can change the way that people think, maybe, just maybe, we can prevent the abuse of thousands before the damage is done.
That is a vision worth fighting for!
Would you consider supporting our documentary project so that we can hit the road on October 15?
We would truly be honoured.