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An Introduction to Modern Slavery (3:05)

Though every country has declared it illegal, modern slavery traps over 35 million people around the world. The varieties of modern slavery are nearly endless, but the essence is the same: violent and coercive exploitation of the most vulnerable human beings, who are deprived of their liberty for others’ personal gain.

Produced by The Freedom Fund.


Trafficked: The Exploitation of Women and Girls In the Bakken and Beyond (27:33)

The WDAY TV documentary, “Trafficked,” examines the growing problem of sex trafficking in western North Dakota. Because of the Oil Boom in that part of the state, organized crime has moved in with guns, drugs and young girls now being trafficked. The documentary talks with women currently being trafficked, those who have survived, and women who now work to save and rescue girls who have been manipulated and groomed to become victims of traffickers. “Trafficked” also examines what is being done at the Federal, State and local level to combat the trafficking of vulnerable girls on North Dakota’s Indian reservations.


Assam’s Modern Slaves: The Real Price of a Cup of Tetley Tea (11:39)

Poverty pay on tea estates in Assam fuels a modern slave trade ensnaring thousands of young girls. A Guardian/Observer investigation follows the slave route from an estate owned by a consortium, including the owners of the best-selling Tetley brand, through to the homes of Delhi’s booming middle classes, exposing the reality of the 21st-century slave trade.

Journey to Freedom (37:24)

Journey to Freedom is a documentary that brings to life the startling similarities between historic slavery and human trafficking, inspiring today’s freedom fighters. Produced by the National Underground Freedom Center, with support from US State Dept and Google. Directed by Justin Dillon of Slavery Footprint.


Born Into Brothels (1:23:20)

Set in Calcutta’s notorious red-light district, Born Into Brothels explores the lives of its most vulnerable citizens. Directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, the picture’s eight small subjects shot the still footage themselves. Briski first teaches them how to shoot and edit. The children then put her lessons into practice. They gain confidence as the film proceeds, yet there’s always the threat that any of the girls, especially 14-year-old Suchitra, could be forced to “join the line” (work as a prostitute). For most, it’s only a matter of time.


Look Beneath The Surface (13:20)

This informational video on human trafficking and how to identify and assist victims is part of the Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking public awareness campaign, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Sex In A Cold Climate (49:35)

Steve Humphries’ Sex in a Cold Climate , a documentary denouncing the Magdalene Asylums, which were operated by Catholic nuns in Ireland for over 100 years, caused an uproar when it was televised in England in March 1998 as part of Channel Four’s Witness series. An estimated three million people watched the documentary, one of the highest figures ever recorded for the series.

The Dark Side Of Chocolate (46:31)

While we enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate, the reality is strikingly different for African children. In 2001 consumers around the world were outraged to discover that child labor and slavery, trafficking, and other abuses existed on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, a country that produces nearly half the world’s cocoa. An avalanche of negative publicity and consumer demands for answers and solutions soon followed.


What I’ve Been Through Is Not Who I Am (21:35)

This documentary brings together a diverse set of experts from juvenile justice, law enforcement, advocates, and services providers to speak about the traumatic effects of commercial sexual exploitation of children. They also share examples of how legislative reform measures and new approaches are helping shift our response from punitive to restorative.


The Modern Slaves Behind the Vegetable On Your Table (21:19)

Corina Rohaveanu travelled to the Czech Republic in search of a better life. From the moment she arrived, her dream turned into nightmare. “As soon as we arrived our IDs were taken. I thought to myself: we have no chance of escape”. Like many other Romanian workers, she had been trapped by a ring of human traffickers.

Human Trafficking 101 (15:24)

This video outlines what is human trafficking in clear, basic easy to understand format. The video is broken up into 4 sections, 1. Outlining the problem, 2. The criminal element, 3. Addressing the exploitation, 4.Understanding the post exploitation process. The video explains the process of how and why a person can become a victim of human trafficking.


Bought and Sold (41:11)

Based on a two-year undercover investigation, “Bought and Sold” documents the illegal trafficking of women for forced prostitution out of Russia and the former Soviet Union and into Europe, Asia, and the U.S.


We Know-We Share-We Are Safe! – Mekong Youth Forum 2013 (3:06)

After an MTV EXIT video training, youth at the 2013 Mekong Youth Forum were given 24 hours to design, film and narrate a PSA to raise awareness about human trafficking. The video was also supported World Vision Foundation of Thailand and Save the Children Australia. WATCH their video and SHARE their powerful message.

Child Marriage: South Sudan (7:14)

The government of South Sudan should increase efforts to protect girls from child marriage. The country’s widespread child marriage exacerbates South Sudan’s pronounced gender gaps in school enrollment, contributes to soaring maternal mortality rates, and violates the right of girls to be free from violence, and to marry only when they are able and willing to give their free consent.


Girls Not Brides: Traditions Can Change – Ending Child Marriage (4:06)

Child marriage robs 10 million girls a year of their childhood. A harmful traditional practice, child marriage denies girls their rights to health, education and security. ‘Great change can happen within a single generation. I know this to be true.’ – Desmond Tutu. In this new video from Girls Not Brides¸Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu of The Elders call on people around the world to action: to end child marriage in a single generation.


Affected for Life (13:35)

Affected for Life promotes awareness of human trafficking. The film illustrates the elements and different forms of human trafficking. This video is the property of UNODC.


Traffic: Lucy Liu (23:33)

Traffic is a unique and powerful program presented by Lucy Liu that addresses the issue of human trafficking in Asia-Pacific. Told through the stories of real people, the show features Ana, trafficked from the Philippines and forced into prostitution; Eka, an Indonesian woman, trafficked into forced domestic servitude in Singapore; and Min Aung, from Burma, trafficked to Thailand and imprisoned for 2 years in a factory.

Back Home With a Broken Heart (5:06)

400,000 to 500,000 Moldovans are estimated to work abroad; approximately a quarter of the working population. Many are looking for a way out of poverty; others simply want to build a better life for themselves and their families. For some women and girls, these dreams of a better future become their worse nightmares. Some are raped, abused and systematically exploited.