Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year industry, which globally surpasses the illegal sale of arms and will surpass the illegal sale of drugs in the next couple of years. It’s something that’s been kept hush-hush for so many years, but little by little it’s reaching mainstream and that’s the goal, for everyone to be aware of this because it’s happening everywhere. Hidden Tears Project is a media company that creates short films about human trafficking. Their latest project is called Daddy Issues, which a short film that tells a story of a young girl who is trapped as a sex slave.
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“We created Hidden Tears Project to create very high level content that not only creates mainstream awareness on human trafficking, but engages people in a real way—we call it activist entertainment,” explains Jason Gurvitz, Founder & Producer of the Hidden Tears Project. They work with writers from high profile TV shows, like Grey’s Anatomy, Vampire Diaries, Empire and others to provide high quality writing that spreads awareness on human trafficking.
People think human trafficking is a foreign problem, but it’s something that is happening everywhere. Approximately 600,000-800,0000 people worldwide are bought and exploited for forced labor or commercial sex every year and 50% of those numbers are children. Unfortunately, 83% of the victims of sex trafficking cases are American citizens and most of them are aged between 12 and 14 years old.