It is amazing how many people are not aware of the fact that human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year industry and is on the rise in all 50 states (U.S. Government) with 4.5 Million of trafficked persons are sexually exploited. Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year. The International Labor Organization estimates that of the 20.9 million people who are trafficked in the world (for all types of work) 5.5 million are children.
In knowing this fact, you would think people are educating their children of these happenings that is happening all over the world. Everyone, especially children, should be taught to be observant of their surroundings, to not trust everyone you meet. I don’t know if the message has been conveyed or not, but according to CNN, an 11-year-old boy drove 200 miles across South Carolina to meet a stranger he knew only on Snapchat, the Charleston Police Department said. After three hours of driving, the young boy spotted a police officer, pulled up next to his vehicle and said he was lost, according to police. The child drove from the northwest town of Simpsonville to Charleston. He told the officer early Monday morning he had taken his brother’s car to go to Charleston where he wanted to live with “an unknown male he met on Snapchat,” police said. But when he lost GPS signal on his father’s tablet, he couldn’t recover the man’s address, police said, as Snapchat messages disappear or are deleted after they’re read. Shocking right… but, these stories are more common than not.
This is why Kadé Hill of Jaido Studios & John Estrada of Two Fish Five Loaves Entertainment partnered to bring the White Rose film to fruition.
The White Rose film bring awareness to the silent cries of women and children begging for help floating through the skies wishing that someone will come to their rescue. Unfortunately, that is the painful reality for so many that are being sold, rented and traded for someone else’s sexual pleasures; on many occasions, their predators are familiar faces.
They are lawyers, doctors, store clerks, CEO’s, bus drivers, teachers, mothers and fathers. 1 out of every 6 runaway is lured into sex slavery as their pimp profits around $33,000.00 per week from their torture and tears. White Rose is a short film that shines a light on what has been hidden in plain sight. This story takes you front row and center into the life of Mia Robinson. A very resilient pre-teen African-American girl who faces the biggest obstacle of her entire life before she even enters high school. Life as she knows it comes to a screeching halt as she is forced to fight for her very survival.
The film premiered in Atlanta to a crowd of up to 200 guests seeking understanding to this hidden problem in our community. It was an amazing night where the guests were able to ask questions regarding to this issue and to the actors in the film.
The White Rose film will be touring to bring awareness to this increasingly growing epidemic in this country. If you are interested in having the film seen in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Kadé Hill of Jaido Studios & John Estrada of Two Fish Five Loaves Entertainment on IG at @myjaido and @twofishfiveloavesent.
Article written by Editor-In-Chief, Tunisha Brown IG: @MomentsWithTunisha