NASHVILLE, TN, February 24, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For millions of Americans, sex trafficking is something that happens in other countries, to someone else's child. For Christian singer Natalie Grant and David Trotter, co-executive producer of the documentary “In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom,” sex trafficking is something that is right in front of our eyes.
“We live in a culture where there are so many throw-away kids,” Trotter told LifeSiteNews. “I hate to use that term, but so many parents essentially toss away their children by not providing love, care, attention, and oversight.”
“In Plain Sight” is a documentary that focuses on the work of six abolitionists around the country. Trotter says the goal is to raise awareness and money, especially for the six abolitionists, by showing viewers the hope that takes place after former sex slaves are rescued.
With seven screenings planned in October, Trotter says his group is aiming for up to 100 screenings by January 2015.
According to Trotter, the goal is to show how sex trafficking isn't taking place out of sight and out of mind. He says it starts with parenting. “We need to raise our daughters to have self-value, and we need our boys to see women as people. If there isn't demand, there is no need for the product, and this relates to the issue of pornography as well.”
“Kids are looking for love, care, attention, and shelter, and unfortunately, traffickers will use those needs and desires to ultimately bring about profit and pleasure to themselves. One in three runaways is approached by a sex trafficker within 48 hours of the child hitting the street,” says Trotter.
Recently, sex trafficking was in the national spotlight after 16 juveniles were rescued in stings that took place shortly before Super Bowl XLVIII. The FBI, local and state police in New York and New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie, and numerous private organizations stepped up operations to provide training and operational security for weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.
Ninety-four percent of trafficking victims are female, and many are under 16 years old, according to data analyzed by the research institute Just Facts.
While the film's trailer was just released, Trotter says they still have a long way to go. He and Grant – a Grammy nominee and five-time Gospel Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year – are looking to raise $26,000 after a $10,000 donation last week. They raised $45,000 in 2013.
Neither Grant nor Trotter is being paid for the film.
The film is part of a three-segment project to benefit the work of Grant's Abolition International, which she founded in 2005. The other two parts of the awareness campaign are a compilation hymns album and a 31 day devotional / group study guide.
According to Trotter, “If we value human life at the earliest stages of conception, we need to express equal value throughout that child's life. When there are so many children coming from broken homes, where they have experienced even sexual abuse, the vulnerability of that child is very likely.”
“My desire,” he said, “is that if we value a child at its moment of conception, we would value it throughout its childhood and teen years. And if you want to make a difference with the issue of sex trafficking, I would challenge you to start with where you're uniquely gifted and where you are uniquely talented. Where has God already given you skills to benefit society?”
“In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom” is scheduled to be in theaters on October 4. Donations can be made here.