What is happening "in plain sight" on American streets? Girls and women are being snatched up and forced into prostitution, say the producers of In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom, which is being shown in Costa Mesa Friday night as part of the documentary's 14 premieres around the country.
Co-executive producers David Trotter and Natalie Grant say their film follows six "modern-day abolitionists" fighting sex trafficking across the U.S. Child and women victims are interviewed on camera along the way.
"The reality is that children are being ravaged day in and day out," Grant says. "If you have a heart beating on the inside of you, I don't understand how this couldn't be important to you."
Here is the movie's trailer:
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"Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities," Trotter says. "Our goal is to schedule over 100 screenings at churches, universities, and theaters in the month of January 2015 to honor National Human Trafficking Prevention Month."
Before then, on Dec. 23, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom will be available on DVD along with a music album and study guide. Go to inplainsightfilm.com for details.
And before that comes Friday's 7 p.m. premiere at ROCKHARBOR, 345 Fischer Ave., Costa Mesa. Tickets are free but donations to the Hope for Justice group are encouraged. Hope for Justice director Stacia Freeman, who is one of the abolitionists featured in the documentary, joins Trotter and other experts in an audience Q&A after the screening. Visit AwakenMedia for more details.