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Posted by Sophie-Host 05-11-08Comments 0

Documentary has the power to change the way people see the world. Internal Trafficking is a problem that many people neither recognise nor understand. The victims, who are often young and vulnerable, are thought to be somehow responsible for the situation they find themselves in, as if they had somehow ‘brought it upon themselves’

We want to use the power and immediacy of documentary film making to reveal the reality of internal trafficking. The young girls (and boys) who have been lured into the sex industry and then trafficked around the UK have told us some shocking stories that reveal a side of life in Britain in the 21st Century that demands to be told. Internal Trafficking is about cynical people exploiting the weak and vulnerable, but it is also closely associated with poverty, lack of opportunity and the way in which social services that are supposed to support and protect people, sometimes fail to do so.

Our work with outreach organisations such as Barnardos in Middlesborough and Streetreach in Doncaster has brought us into contact with young people who have experienced abuse, pain and betrayal that thankfully most of us will never have to ensure. They want to tell their stories, partly to warn others about what to look out for, but also as a way of recovering from trauma.

Using a range of documentary story telling techniques, from observational to drama reconstruction and from photography to animation, we want to bring the issue of internal trafficking into the open. We want our documentaries to provoke discussion and debate that leads to real change, perhaps in the way that the gritty drama-documentary ‘Kathy Come Home’ did back in the 1960’s.

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