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Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern day sex slavery. From the first scene, Nefarious gives an in-depth look at the human trafficking industry, showing where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. With footage shot in over nineteen different countries, Nefarious exposes the nightmare of sex slavery as experienced by hundreds of thousands daily, through the eyes of both the enslaved and their traffickers. Nefarious features expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders and captures the gripping and triumphant testimonies of survivors in order to galvanize hope and vision.

Run Time: 1 hour 43 minutes


Inside America’s sex trade who is tricking whom? It’s a $3 billion a year business and our fastest growing criminal industry. Meet the pimps, the johns, the police, the social workers, the parents and the victims of the America’s thriving sex trade in TRICKED, a comprehensive feature documentary. This film explores an industry that is fueled by greed, fantasy and the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and girls.

Run Time: 1 hour 13 minutes

Very Young Girls

Very Young Girls is a documentary on the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The film follows teenage American girls as they are coerced, abused, and sold on New York’s streets by pimps; while being treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows the barely-adolescent girls in real time. The film also uses startling footage shot by the brazen pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of street life begins for many women. The film documents the work of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), a recovery center founded and operated by Rachel Lloyd, a survivor of sexual exploitation. She and her staff help girls sent by the court or found on the street that are being sexually exploited. The documentary shows that, given a chance to piece their lives back together, many teeter on edge of two different worlds consistently battling the force that coerces them back into the underground.

Run Time: 1 hour 22 minutes

What Happened to the Girl Next Door

Every 30 seconds a U.S. child is being lured and/or abducted into sex trafficking – America’s largest and fastest growing crime. More than 230,000 U.S. youths a year are raped for profit multiple times a day. Their life expectancy is only 4-7 years! With more than 70 foreign as well as local actors and actresses, this film educates via entertainment, the unique (and sadly, effective) tricks and tactics of pimps, pedophiles, and sex traffickers in order that your loved one will not become a statistic.

Involving months of research and interviews Monteforte and her investigative team conducted with multiple sources, the documentary film follows the stories of three survivors, all who were sexually abused as children and one of whom ran away from home, and how they finally managed to escape horrific lives.

Run Time: 52 minutes

The Long Night

Set in Seattle, Washington, the feature documentary film The Long Night gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives are forever changed by domestic minor sex trafficking.

The Long Night is not themed to advocate a solution. Instead, it submerges the viewer in the experience of what it has been like for Natalie and Lisa to survive the life; for Tom and Nacole to watch their daughter slip out of their hands; for Andy and his fellow police officers, Brian and Joel, to try and create a more just system.

Filmed and directed by award-winning photojournalist Tim Matsui, The Long Night is an intimate and visceral testimony to those who have lived this crisis.

Run Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

A Path Appears – Episode 1

In the first episode of A Path Appears, we meet the survivors behind these shocking numbers and illuminate the widespread existence of this violent crime taking place across America. Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof travel to Nashville where they visit the Magdalene House and meet Shana Goodwin, who guides them through the streets where her mother first sold her to a pimp at the age of 12. Shana, and the other survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution paint a complex picture of the problems that exist and the solutions we need to see.

Approximately 15 percent of American men regularly purchase sex, but few are ever penalized. Kristof and Malin Akerman address this statistic in Chicago where we go behind the scenes on a sting operation to crack down on the buyers of sex on the annual, nationwide Day of Johns Arrest.

Run Time: 1 hour 23 minutes

In Plain Sight

You may have heard the term “sex trafficking” and thought that it was just an international issue. While the term trafficking may conjure images of desperate illegal immigrants being forced into prostitution by human smugglers, over 80 percent of victims in 2011 confirmed sex trafficking cases in this country were American citizens. Or, maybe, you heard about the recent case in Ohio where three girls were kidnapped and kept as sex slaves…and you thought it was just one guy with a serious problem.

Think again. It’s happening in plain sight, and you probably don’t even realize it.

Run Time: 1 hour 8 minutes

8 Days

Children are being kidnapped and sex trafficked in America and local members of the Dallas and Fort Worth area entertainment community are collaborating to stop it.

On the heels of Governor Rick Perry’s strong anti-trafficking bill (SB92), SHAREtogether 501 (c) 3 has produced a feature film to bring awareness and raise support to stop the sex trafficking of American children.

8 DAYS is inspired by actual events. Through talking to homesland security and the Dallas police precinct, domestic minor sex trafficking happens in our own backyard, in websites everyone uses and hotels across our streets. This has to stop. These stories have to be told.

Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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  • DEFINITION: All acts involved in the recruitment, abduction, transportation, harboring, transfer, sale or receipt of persons … through FORCE, FRAUD, COERCION … for forced labor or services, such as prostitution or sexual services.-Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
  • FORCE: Physical restraint of violence, sexual assault.
  • FRAUD: Intentionally misleading a victim, providing false offers of employment, marriage, or a better life.
  • COERCION: Threats, psychological abuse, debt bondage, taking and/or destroying legal documents, abuse of the legal process.
  • A COMMERCIAL SEX ACT includes prostitution, pornography and sexual performance done in exchange for any item of value, such as money, drugs, shelter, food or clothing.


  • Fancy car, clothes, or jewelry.
  • Carries multiple cell phones.
  • Frequently spends nights away or out of town.
  • Acts out the negative aspects of hip hop culture.
  • No actual job that one could visit.
  • Secludes victim from family and friends.
  • Attempting to fast track the relationship (moving in together and talking of marriage).
  • Gets to know victim’s dreams, fears, and goals and dangles that carrot inevitably.


  • Unexplainable expensive gifts (name brand purse or clothing), jewelry, nails and hair done on regular basis).
  • Unexplained absences from school or frequently sleeping during class.
  • Older boyfriend/girlfriend, not usually in school.
  • Talks about pimp’s dreams, “we are going to…”.
  • New tattoo or “brand” of pimp’s initials, name, or saying.
  • Carries multiple cell phones – often pre-paid cell phones.
  • Changes in demeanor; fear, anxiety, depression, or nervousness.
  • Avoids eye contact.
  • Becomes secluded, you the victim less and less.


Quotes from Traffickers and Survivors

“Why doesn’t the victim leave?” This is a common question from people who haven’t experienced coercion in action. The tactics listed below are from the mouths of abusers themselves, and the RED statements are from actual survivors.

Abuser: “I told her that no one else would want my sloppy seconds, that she was used goods.”

Survivor: “No one else will understand. Who wants to marry a prostitute?”

Abuser: “I’d rape her.”

Survivor: “I kept wondering why he was doing this to me. I left for a while but then he came to find me. No one knew that I’d been raped.”

Abuser: “I made her afraid of leaving me. I told her that women’s shelters were for women who really needed it, not for women who wanted to give up on their family, not for whores and prostitutes.”

Survivor: “I believed him. I believed that the shelter staff would not take me in; thinking that it was my choice.”

Abuser: “I laughed and told her about men that had violently hurt (or murdered) their ho’s when they tried to leave.”

Survivor: “He threatened to take me to their house to have them burn me or douse me with gasoline. I knew they had done it to others so I was afraid.”

Abuser: “I threatened to hurt people she loved.”

Survivor: “I knew he was capable of this. I would do anything to protect them. The abuse was a small price to pay to keep them safe.”

Abuser: “I convinced her that I’d find her wherever she went.”

Survivor: “He had.”

Abuser: “I convinced her family and friends that I was the good one.”

Survivor: “He met my parents and they really liked him.”

Abuser: “I ripped the phone cord out of the wall during a fight when she tried to call for help or threw her cell phone.”

Survivor: “He even controlled who I called on my cell. I felt sick to my stomach as he read my text messages wondering if the smallest thing would tick him off.”

Abuser: “I had her back me up on illegal things so that I could hold it over her head if she tried to leave.”

Survivor: “He would tell me that he’d turn me in if I tried to leave.”

Abuser: “I romanced her with flowers, took her shopping, talking about all the good times, and telling her how much she meant to me.”

Survivor: “I thought, ‘this is how things are supposed to be…if only I’d start acting right.'”

Abuser: “I made her think she needed to stick by me because of all I gave up to be with her.”

Survivor: “I reminded myself: ‘people in love stick it out through rough times. You don’t just give up.'”


  • B*tch: A term used endearingly toward one another to refer to a “working girl.”
  • Bottom, or Bottom B*tch: A person appointed by the pimp/trafficker to recruit potential victims, report violation of rules,
    and often to help punish.
  • Branded: A tattoo on a victim indicating ownership by a trafficker/pimp.
  • Caught a case: When pimp or victim has been arrested and charged with a crime.
  • Chose Up: The act of joining a trafficker’s stable.
  • Choosing Fee: A term used on girls to pay to enter the stable.
  • Daddy: What traffickers often call themselves and how victims often refer to them.
  • Date: The appointment set up to exchange sex for money.
  • Family or Folks: A group of victims under the control of a trafficker/pimp. The term is an attempt to recreate the
    family environment.
  • Gorilla Pimp: A violent trafficker/pimp.
  • Grooming: When a trafficker is dating a girl to win her trust, before she discovers he is a trafficker or pimp.
  • John/Trick: A man (or woman) purchasing sex from a prostituted woman/man or child.
  • Kiddie Track or Runaway Track: Just what it sounds like.
  • Knock: Convincing a girl (or boy) to go home with a trafficker – before the “turning out” phase.
  • Lot Lizard: Derogatory term for prostituted women and children at truck stops.
  • P.I: Another term for a pimp.
  • Pimp Circle: Describes a situation where pimps circle around a victim to intimidate and discipline them, using verbal and physical threats/action, i.e. beatings with wire coat hangers, defecating and urinating on victims.
  • Quota: The amount of money a victim must give to their trafficker/pimp each night. If a quota is not met, the victim may be made to work until it is, or may be beaten or otherwise disciplined.
  • Reckless Eyeballing: Looking at other pimps, which is considered out of pocket.
  • Romeo/Finesse Pimp: A trafficker who uses fraud and deception to lure their victims in by pretending to be their boyfriend.
  • Seasoning: The process of breaking a victim’s spirit and gaining control over her, using rapes, beatings, manipulation and intimidation. There is actually a manual for pimps on how to season victims.
  • Sister: Another term for the other females in the stable.
  • Square: A person who is living a “normal” lifestyle.
  • Stable: A group of victims under the control of a pimp.
  • Stack: Putting money to the side, whether a girl stacks money without permission, or the trafficker is stacking money so they can make a move.
  • Staying in/out of pocket: Abiding to the rules that the trafficker has set before his females.
  • The Game/The Life: What the entire life of human trafficking is referred to.
  • The Track/The Blade: The area in which a girl walks to try to catch a date.
  • Trade Up/Trade Down: The act of buying or selling a person for a pimp’s stable.
  • Turn Out: To be forced into prostitution; also a person newly involved.
  • Wifey or Wife-in-law: A term those being prostituted are required to call the other females in the “stable”.
  • Working: Performing sexual acts for money.