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5 Free Documentaries that Teach Us about Sex Trafficking in America

sex traf·fick·ing

noun; the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.

Sex trafficking in American is a complex crisis that is often inaccurately depicted as young girls in cages or children kidnapped off the street on their way home from school. However, the reality is not what we see on social media or campaigns created around a hashtag. It’s not an action movie or clickbait. Instead, sex trafficking is a crime hidden in plain sight with traffickers utilizing a grooming process to manipulate victims and buyers, who are overwhelmingly male, with little legal ramifications. They make up the illicit supply and demand chain of human trafficking, victims being the commodity caught between the two.

It’s essential as allies in the fight to end sex trafficking to have a realistic, evidence-based understanding of the issue in order to more accurately educate others. We can start by learning from documentaries that depict sex trafficking from a victim-centered lens and share knowledge from experts in the field.

We’ve put together a collection of five must-see documentaries to get you started in learning about sex trafficking in America. All are free to stream, you do not need a subscription service to view them.

Nameless

Nameless is a documentary that addresses child sex trafficking in Washington, DC, and at-large. Featuring 15 interviewees on the frontlines of the issue, Nameless mobilizes viewers to recognize and combat child sex trafficking.

Stream on Youtube

Children for Sale

Jada Pinkett Smith and the CNN Freedom Project reveal sex trafficking, with a focus on youth and young victims, in the heart of America.

Stream on CNN

Sold In America: Inside Our Nation's Sex Trade

Throughout Sold in America, the host, Noor Tagouri, hovers over the unsolvable puzzle of human trafficking as if it were a Rubik’s Cube.

Stream on Youtube

In Plain Sight

Cox Virginia brings you a surprising documentary taking you inside this horrific epidemic that we found is a lot closer to us than we realize.

Stream on Youtube

Sex Trafficking In America

Sex Trafficking in America tells the unimaginable stories of young women coerced into prostitution – and follows one police unit that’s committed to rooting out sexual exploitation.

Stream on PBS Frontline

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