Narrated by Academy®-Award nominee, Jessica Chastain, this documentary chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on Backpage, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the Village Voice.
I went to law school 15 years ago so I could fight sex trafficking in far away places. Thailand. Cambodia. I continue to learn that my services are greatly needed here. In my quiet, mostly white, middle class suburb of Silicon Valley. This documentary is well-done and a must-see. Backpage: justice will come and what you have in unlimited legal/financial resources will eventually be overshadowed by the voices of justice and the army of lawyers and advocates fighting for what is right. The 3 amigos were once again arrested here in CA just last month. Why no news on this? Why could I only find one small article? I was searching on Google. Here's the case for those interested - and it should be everyone in our country - who should give an "s" about this. It could be your child. People v. Ferrer, Cal. Super. Ct., No. 16FE024013, hearing 4/28/17
This film shows just how corrupt the thinking of American Business has become. Greed apparently trumps common sense and the sense of right and wrong, good and bad, and demonstrates the lengths that business will go to in order to consistently increase their bottom line. There is something so heinous and evil in America today when good is now bad and bad is considered good that it is frightening when one considers the ramifications. This is not the only industry or business that has perverted the Constitution and the laws of the country to continue to dimish the value of a human being over making a dollar. This type of thinking has infected industries as well as business across the board and no remedy is in sight. How degraded must the value of a human being become before action is taken to correct this virus? How many human beings must be sacrificed before American industry and business come to their senses and recognize that the most valuable resource we have is the people. Without the people, nothing is accomplished. Unless industry and business reverse course and begin to value the people over the dollar the decline of this once great country is inevitable. What will it take to wake them up? Short of an alien invasion I have no answer. God help us all.
I was shocked by how little US laws currently protect children from human trafficking over the internet. This is modern sexual slavery of children, happening in the US, for all the world to see online. The traffickers will win until the public wakes up to this issue. Watch this movie, educate yourself, and then call your members of congress. Please be aware that you will likely come away from this movie angry and depressed. Don't watch this movie if there are children around - there are some disturbing testimonies and visuals.
Why not have rule 230 exclude protection when it comes to child sex trafficking? That would make too much sense. The website in question is clearly complicit in facilitating the sale of children. However, even if it is taken down it will only be replaced by another website or it will all move to the dark net for payment via bitcoin and become even more difficult to find the perpetrators. Obviously, the problem is much bigger than one website. However, those that are clearly guilty (the website in question and other sites) should be punished severely and the purchasers of such ilk should be fully prosecuted to all extremes as the criminals they are. No demand, no supply. The patrons of these evil deeds are the root of the problem.
This documentary exposes corruption and contradiction at the heart of the first amendment. American's pride themselves on their adherence to 'free speech' but why do legislators and courts have so much difficulty understanding what the first amendment actually protects or doesn't protect? While pornography and sexual slavery are tolerated and American children brutalised corporations like Facebook, Amazon, Google and so on make money of their misery.
This documentary is one among many signalling the urgency of a thorough reform of the US political and judicial system to empower citizens to make a difference and to right wrongs. It presses home the fact that injustice touches every aspect of our lives and that systems that distribute responsibility for injustice do not by any means diminish responsibility.