Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking
By Benjamin Perrin
An award-winning law professor and policy expert exposes cases of human trafficking, recording in-depth interviews with people on the front lines—police officers, social workers, and the victims themselves—and bringing to light government records released under access-to-information laws.
Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale (A Memoir)
By Rachel Lloyd
Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape “the life.”
A Walk Across the Sun (Novel)
By Corban Addison
When a tsunami rages through their village in India, Ahalya Ghai and her sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. As they struggle to reach the convent where they attend school, they are abducted by human traffickers and thrust into a hidden world of illicit commerce, where the most valuable prize is the innocence of a child.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
From two of our most fiercely moral voices, Half the Sky is a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet with extraordinary women struggling there. Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.
The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice
By Kathryn Bolkovac with Cari Lynn
When Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she applied and was hired. Bolkovac was shipped out to Bosnia, where DynCorp had been contracted to support the UN peacekeeping mission. At great risk to her personal safety, she began to unravel the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution and their connections to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department.
Scars and Stilettos: The Transformation of an Exotic Dancer
By Harmony Dust
Fear of being abandoned keeps nineteen-year-old Harmony Dust trapped in an abusive and cruel relationship. She thinks she has hit bottom―tens of thousands of dollars in debt, struggling to get by, and so controlled by her boyfriend that she doesn’t protest when he begins openly sleeping around. Things can’t get worse . . . until someone tells her how much money she can make as an exotic dancer. For the next three years, Harmony lives a double life as Monique, a dancer in a fully-nude strip club.
Red Light Green Light
As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, many consider legalizing prostitution. Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question: How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place? Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims, it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.
When 13-year-old Adriana is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, sets off on a desperate mission to save her. As Jorge dodges overwhelming obstacles to track the girl’s abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own family loss leads him to become an ally. This film is a thrilling story of courage and a devastating expose of one of the world’s most heinous crimes.
Very Young Girls
Critically acclaimed by the New York Times and film festivals around the world, Very Young Girls is an expose of human trafficking that follows thirteen and fourteen year old American girls as they are seduced, abused, and sold on New York’s streets by pimps, and treated as adult criminals by police.
Not My Life
Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.
Inspired by actual events, Kathy (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
From the first scene, Nefarious gives an in-depth look at the sex trafficking industry, showing where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. With footage shot in over nineteen different countries, Nefarious exposes the nightmare of sex slavery as experienced by hundreds of thousands daily, through the eyes of both the enslaved and their traffickers.
It’s a Girl
In many parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called gendercide. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories into context, and advocate different paths towards change.
Patrick (Ron Livingston), an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts, has been ‘comfortably numb’ in Cambodia for years, when he encounters Holly (Thuy Nguyen), a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl in the K11 red light village. Holly’s virginity makes her a lucrative prize, and when she is sold to a child trafficker, Patrick embarks on a frantic search in an attempt to bring her to safety.
Timely and wise, this feature documentary explores the state of prostitution laws in Canada. Buying Sex captures the complexity of the issue by listening to the frequently conflicting voices of sex workers, policy-makers, lawyers and even the male buyers who make their claim for why prostitution is good for society. With the landmark Supreme Court decision in Canada, the film examines the realities in Sweden and New Zealand. The film also challenges us to think for ourselves and offers a gripping and invaluable account of just what is at stake for all of us.
Born Into Brothels
Winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, Born Into Brothels, was produced and directed by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski. Zana Briski, a New York based photographer, gives each of these youngsters a camera and teaches them how to take pictures, simultaneously causing them to look at their world with new eyes. Their photographs are prisms into their souls, rather than anthropological curiosities, and a true testimony to the power of the indelible creative spirit.
No More: Ending Sex Trafficking in Canada
Report of the National Taskforce on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada (2013)
This report thoroughly highlights what sex trafficking looks like in Canada, addressing issues like recruitment methods, prevention strategies, demand for paid sex, Indigenous vulnerabilities, the child welfare system, and best practices. Survivor stories bring in a human element as well, making this one of the most comprehensive reports on sex trafficking in Canada.
Targeting the Sex Buyer: The Swedish Example -Stopping Prostitution & Trafficking Where It All Begins
By Kajsa Claude (2011)
Swedish law focuses on the men who purchase sex rather than on the young girls and women they exploit. Why? The thinking behind the law is that it is the demand for sexual services that maintains prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes. The legal approach to this problem is often referred to as “the Swedish example.”
Why Do Some Men Use Violence Against Women and How can We Prevent It?
Quantitative Findings from the UN Multi-Country Study in Asia & the Pacific (2013)
This UN Study looks at the prevalence of violence and rape in Asia & the Pacific, highlighting factors associated with violence perpetration. What makes a man more likely to use violence? What percentage of men who rape experience legal consequences? How do these trends vary across regions? Understanding these issues helps the effort to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women.
Apparel Industry Trends: The Truth Behind the Barcode
By Baptist World Aid Australia in Partnership with Not for Sale (2015)
Companies are beginning to see the importance of preventing slavery and exploitation in their supply chains, but it’s easier said than done. This report grades companies in four areas: policies, traceability & transparency, monitoring & training, and worker rights. In each stage of the manufacturing process (raw materials, textiles & cut-make-trim), these critical elements come into play.
Homelessness, Survival Sex & Human Trafficking: As Experienced by the Youth of Covenant House New York
Covenant House Report (2013)
Shelter is the number one commodity traded in return for for sexual activity. Of the youth who engaged in commercial sex activity, almost half said they did it because they did not have a place to stay. This report examines the overlap between homelessness and sexual exploitation.
Forgotten No More: Male Child Trafficking in Afghanistan
Hagar International Report (2013)
In Afghanistan, trafficking in persons is still viewed primarily as a problem for Afghan women and girls. However, as early as 2004, reports began to emphasize that boys were potentially more at risk of trafficking than girls. Based on the existing gaps in knowledge, Hagar Afghanistan conducted a qualitative research study of male child trafficking in the region.
The Role of Corruption in Trafficking in Persons
BY THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME (2011)
Corruption is central to the success of traffickers and therefore criminals consider it a necessary investment. Bribery in its various forms is possibly the main cost factor for traffickers, requiring a renewed, united response from anti-trafficking and anti-corruption departments.
Trafficking in Persons Report
U.S. State Department (2015)
The annual TIP report is the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts, representing a global look at the nature and scope of human trafficking and the broad range of government actions to confront it. Complete with country profiles, global updates, and statistics, the TIP report is one of the most important resources for governments and NGOs.