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Story Outline

Our story will be told through several different windows into the subject matter. Our visual narrative will be drawn from among the type of examples below. (As the project’s research develops, specific storylines might change as situations are presented to the filmmakers. The documentary form offers fluid opportunity for discovery and revelation.)

Overview:

Our Overview will be provided by Paul Myhill. Paul will take us through his extensive personal field experiences in over 60 countries including recent work in Haiti and Southeast Asia. Film and photos he has created while on assignment will illustrate his story.

The Traffic Jam Campaign:

We will follow the work of The Traffic Jam Campaign. This will include interviews and on-camera testimony from multiple celebrities and performing groups involved with this project. Examples of talent we might include are: The Dave Matthews Band, The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, etc.

Child Trafficking in the United States:

We will isolate one story and, through undercover investigative work, expose both the perpetrators and their clients. This will bring us directly into our own backyards and reveal that this problem is not just one of developing nations. Our approach will be that of a crime drama in the style of such popular television shows as “Law & Order – Special Victims Unit”.

Special Operations Team:

One segment might follow a group of highly trained individuals as they document and build evidence to present a legal case against those involved in these heinous acts.

Then we will feature several current intimate stories. Here are two examples of the type of material we might explore:

MOLDOVA:

“Basically we have a girl in our program, who was trafficked out of her village in Southern Moldova with false promises of a job in Moscow. Many young women in her village were trafficked with her. The Chechen mafia was behind it and actually put her in a “lab” with 200 women where she was sexually abused and forcibly impregnated to have children for organ trafficking. These kid’s organs were going to Saudi Arabia and beyond. Russian special services liberated them (probably more so because it was Chechen and not out of a general sense of moral obligation).

This is all well documented, as is the legal processes she tried to follow afterwards. Her lawyer was actually assassinated during the process. Upon departing she made it look like she settled in Romania, but actually went back to Moldova. The Chechen mafia has apparently figured out that she’s in Moldova now and has told her that she will be killed if she shares her story. So, basically we have a pretty powerful story, but it may necessitate us providing protection or asylum for this individual.

With this particular Moldovan partner, we also have a young girl who was rescued at 3:00 AM by our partner as she was about to be shipped out. She’s now in one of our transition homes. It’s a pretty compelling story also. Put them together and you have the girl who avoided a bad fate, plus the girl who didn’t.” (Source: – Confidential report from one aid organization dated October 23, 2010, via Paul Myhill)

ROMANIA:

The 15-year-old had been “trained” in prostitution in a nightclub in the southern Romanian city of Calarasi. Now, the sex traffickers were getting ready to sell her off to a Turkish brothel for $2,800. Iana Matei, Romania’s leading advocate for the victims of trafficking, had made contact with the girl and offered to wait outside the nightclub in her car, ready to take the teenager away if she could get out on the street for a cigarette break. But the girl had tried to escape before, and had been beaten severely. Ms. Matei was not sure she would have the courage to try again. Then she appeared, bolting for the car and scrambling into the back seat.

The hitch came a few minutes later. As Ms. Matei gunned the engine and raced down unfamiliar streets, worried that the traffickers would follow, she got totally lost. “I kept shouting at her to tell me where to go,” Ms. Matei said. And finally, I stopped the car and “I realized it was me who was being dumb. She was so scared, there was no way she could help me.” For more than 10 years, Ms. Matei, a psychologist by training, has been pulling young women out of the hands of traffickers, sometimes by staging “kidnappings,” sometimes just by offering them a place to stay, heal and rebuild their lives. (Source: N.Y. Times, October 9, 2010)

ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES – TBD