Men, it is time to step up. It is time to live our values. Our mission of ending sexual exploitation and gender based violence requires a new commitment to courage. We provide men of all ages with the support and resources they need to stop the cycle. Everyone of us can be a better man. This is our chance to show it.
1 out of 3 women have been raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
In the absence of effective sex education at home or at school, the porn industry and
the media have become the leading sex educators. That statement should send chills
down the spine of any parent.
We are here to change this.
YOU can help!
9 out of 10 boys are exposed to pornography before the age of 18
The average age of exposure to online pornography is 11.
Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year
Justin and Danielle are parents of two young boys and have a passion to see boys raised up into honorable men. They long to see men fight for women and to protect their hearts. To see men be the protectors they are made to be, not predators. They have passion and to reach as many people through the avenue of social media and film by touching and captivating the heart.
Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. The trafficking and exploitation of children is one of the darkest stories and most severe human rights abuses imaginable. But for us, the hope of ending it is a reality. Love146 is helping grow the movement to end child trafficking while providing effective, thoughtful solutions. We believe in the power of love and its ability to effect sustainable change. Love is the foundation of our motivation.
Polaris, named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., disrupts the conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive in our society. From working with government leaders to protect victims’ rights, to building partnerships with the world’s leading technology corporations, we spark long-term change that focuses communities on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of all that we do — helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and gathering the data to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.
Not For Sale has grown into a team of 15 in San Francisco and over 30 world-wide. We manage social impact programs on the ground; monitor, measure, and assess the depth and breadth of our impact; tell stories to connect you to the most vulnerable; and create meaningful relationships with people, communities, and companies.
We are a global team of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals. We protect the poor from violence in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia—and 95% of us are at work in our own countries.
Our Vision is to rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that justice for the poor is possible.
Exodus Cry was birthed out of the 24/7 prayer room at the International House of Prayer Mission Base of Kansas City, when Senior Leader Benjamin Nolot was stirred to pioneer an organization that would combine prayer and practical ministry to see sex trafficking and slavery ended around the world. The International House of Prayer supports and partners with Exodus Cry’s pursuit to abolish sex slavery through Christ-centered prevention, intervention, and holistic restoration for trafficking victims.
The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) is focused on bringing a variety of people together to solve and end the complex social issue of sexual exploitation and its associated companion – pornography. In order to do this, it unites the efforts of like-minded organizations and leaders across the world in a loose coalition. As of June, 2014 there are 143 national, state and local organizations in the Coalition.
Justice Speak’s vision is to empower a generation of change agents, end sexual exploitation and see worldwide justice for the oppressed.
Our mission is to transform culture’s definition of human worth and restore victims of sex trafficking through prayer, outreach, rescue and the activation of Justice Champions while mobilizing communities to prevent abuse.
Justice Speaks is currently active in Los Angeles and in Thailand.
While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, the hidden plague of everyday violence silently undermines our best efforts to help the poor. Common violence like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, and police abuse has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in its path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development. How has this plague of violence grown so ferocious? In one of the most remarkable social disasters of the last half century, basic public justice systems in the developing world have descended into a state of utter collapse, and there’s nothing shielding the poor from violent people.
Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros offer a searing account of how we got here and what it will take to end the plague. The Locust Effect is a gripping journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of the world’s
poorest, where safety is secured only for those with money, and where much of our well-intended aid is lost in the daily chaos of violence. While their call to action is urgent, Haugen and Boutros provide hope, a real solution and an ambitious way forward. The Locust Effect will forever change the way we understand global poverty,
and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century.
What does it mean to be a man? Terry Crews, TV’s iconic “Old Spice Guy” and co-star of the hit Golden Globe Award–winning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has spent decades seeking the answer to that question. In Manhood, he shares what he’s learned, telling the amazing story of his rise to fame and offering straight-talking advice for men and the women who love them.
A self-described “super-driven superstar alpha male,” Terry Crews embodies the manly ideal for millions worldwide. But as he looks back on his difficult childhood and shares hard-learned lessons from the many humbling experiences he endured to get where he is today, he shows how his own conception of manhood is constantly evolving.
Crews offers up a lively, clear-eyed account of the ups and downs of his twenty-five-year marriage, revealing the relationship secrets that have kept it going—and the one dark secret that nearly tore it apart. Along the way, he shares his evolving appreciation for looking good, staying fit, and getting it done for the people you love.
Being a man is about more than keeping your core strong. It’s about keeping your core values stronger. With insightful observations on spirituality, work, and family, Terry Crews shows men how to face their inner demons, seek forgiveness from those they’ve wronged, and tear down the walls that prevent them from forging meaningful relationships with others.
From the NFL gridiron to the Hollywood backlot, Terry Crews has survived it all with his sense of humor—and his marriage—intact. In Manhood he shows men everywhere that real strength is not measured in muscle mass—unless that muscle is the heart.
This is the true story of an undercover investigator’s experiences infiltrating the multi-billion-dollar global sex industry. It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators. And it is a story of haunting despair for those left behind in corrupt systems of law enforcement. It is the personal story of Daniel Walker, one man who followed a path of costly discipleship, agonizing failure and unlikely redemption. And it is a challenge to God’s people to join in the battle that all might be freed.
A dramatic memoir of an American woman who as a child was recruited, bought, and sold as a victim of the sex trade without ever leaving Us borders.
Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero. . . . Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of ‘those’ women—you will only see little girls that are girls just like us.” —Demi Moore, actress and activist
With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape “the life.” Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.
Corban Addison’s debut novel, A Walk Across the Sun, made waves when it was first published, called “pulse-revving with a serious message,” by O, the Oprah magazine. John Grisham said, “Addison has written a novel that is beautiful in its story and also important in its message. A Walk Across The Sun deserves a wide audience.” A trained lawyer committed to the cause of advancing international human rights and abolishing modern slavery, Addison has written a novel that enlightens while it entertains; A Walk Across the Sun brings together three of Addison’s great passions–storytelling, human rights, and the world’s many cultures.
Ahalya Ghai and her younger sister Sita are as close as sisters can be. But when a tsunami rips through their coastal village, their home is swept away, and the sisters are the sole survivors of their family. Destitute, their only hope is to find refuge at a convent many miles away. A driver agrees to take them. But the moment they get into that car their fate is sealed. The two sisters–confused, alone, totally reliant on each other–are sold.
On the other side of the world, Washington lawyer Thomas Clarke is struggling to cope after the death of his baby daughter and the collapse of his marriage. He takes a sabbatical from his high-pressure job and accepts a position with the Bombay branch of an international anti-trafficking group. Thomas is now on a desperate path to try and save not only himself and his marriage, but also the lives of the two sisters.
When Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she applied and was hired. Good money, world travel, and the chance to help rebuild a war-torn country sounded like the perfect job. Bolkovac was shipped out to Bosnia, where DynCorp had been contracted to support the UN peacekeeping mission. She was assigned as a human rights investigator, heading the gender affairs unit. The lack of proper training provided sounded the first alarm bell, but once she arrived in Sarajevo, she found out that things were a lot worse. At great risk to her personal safety, she began to unravel the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution and their connections to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was demoted, felt threatened with bodily harm, was fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darkness–bringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, finally exposing them for what they had done. This is her story and the story of the women she helped achieve justice for.
An explosive memoir of transformation from a high-end stripper and escort who hit rock-bottom, turned to God, and left the sex trade to found Eve’s Angels, a ministry reaching out to women in the sex industry.
Growing up as the daughter of an NCAA Championship-winning basketball coach and a stay-at-home mom, Anny Donewald had a seemingly blessed childhood. Then, at thirteen, one of her father’s players sexually abused her, and Donewald embarked on a path toward self-destruction.
When Donewald was convinced to compete in an amateur night at a strip club, she found herself drawn into a world of drugs, money, and flesh peddlers in Michigan and Chicago—and eventually Las Vegas’ hottest XXX clubs. But the fantasy of fistfuls of hundred dollar bills quickly turned to the reality of bloodstains on bathroom floors and nights with customers in presidential suites at luxurious hotels. At an emotional breaking point and pondering the termination of her unborn son, Anny reached the gates of her personal hell. There, she found God.
Then, this long-legged, fiery blonde fought to free herself from the sex trade, and, by the healing grace of God, launched her non-profit, Eve’s Angels, which reaches out to girls who want out of the sex trade.
Dancing for the Devil takes an in-depth look at Anny’s struggles and sheds a new insider’s light on the horrible reality of the sex industry from someone who’s seen the worst of it. This captivating memoir shows how women from all walks of life find themselves trapped by the sex trade and, most importantly, explains how they can get out, start over, and find the love of Christ. Courageous and unforgettable,Dancing for the Devil is a heartbreaking story of darkness, grace, and, ultimately, redemption.
Read the harrowing account of a high class call girl in the clutches of the sex trafficking industry.
Annie Lobert was not so different from most girls, growing up in a small town and experiencing common struggles with friends, school, and boys. But her home was filled with turmoil, and at nine years old she was sexually abused by an older girl and as a teenager was assaulted numerous times by boys who said they loved her just to get what they wanted. Feeling unloved, used, and abused, she struggled to find self-worth.
Lured by the almighty dollar, and with a skewed fairytale view of love, she was drawn toward the seductive whispers and open arms of the sex industry. Greed consumed her, the money an easy remedy to numb her brokenness, so she began a new life with a new name–Fallen. Settling under the lights of glamorous Las Vegas, she became one of the most sought-after high-class escorts, fielding calls from celebrities, musicians, politicians, and other men with endless supplies of cash.
But the lights weren’t that bright. All that glitters isn’t gold. And it wasn’t long before the dream of getting all she ever wanted became the nightmare that plunged her into the darkest time of her life.
In Fallen, Lobert writes about her sixteen-year journey being owned by a violent pimp who took every dollar and beat her multiple times within inches of her life. After more than a decade and a half of countless arrests, rapes, life-threatening calls, and utter loneliness, the freedom she had once sought became her prison. Then after being diagnosed with and treated for cancer, Annie eventually found herself at death’s door from a drug overdose. That’s when she finally surrendered to the love of a beckoning Savior.
Through Lobert’s harrowing account in the clutches of the sex trafficking industry and the miraculous deliverance she experienced in the arms of Jesus, readers will be encouraged knowing this: No matter how far you have fallen, God loves you and wants to save you from the depths of any pain, trauma, addiction, or abuse. And He longs to give you a new life. Today, Annie is redeemed. Healed. Free. And rescuing other victims through her organization Hookers for Jesus.
Fear of being abandoned keeps nineteen-year-old Harmony Dust trapped in an abusive and cruel relationship. She thinks she has hit bottom tens of thousands of dollars in debt, struggling to get by, and so controlled by her boyfriend that she doesn’t protest when he begins openly sleeping around. Things can’t get worse . . . until someone tells her how much money she can make as an exotic dancer. For the next three years, Harmony lives a double life as Monique, a dancer in a fully-nude strip club.
In this highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist Jackson Katz argues that the ongoing epidemic of men’s violence in America is rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of manhood. In a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority. Along the way, the film provides a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of the culture, from television, movies, video games, and advertising to pornography, the sports culture, and U.S. political culture. Tough Guise 2 stands to empower a new generation of young men — and women — to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior.
While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. Tough Guise is the first educational video geared toward college and high school students to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society, including the tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and elsewhere, needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity. This exciting new media literacy tool– utilizing racially diverse subject matter and examples– will enlighten and provoke students (both males and females) to evaluate their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity.
Tough Guise was named one of the Top Ten Young Adult Videos for 2000 by the American Library Association. It has become a staple in college communication, sociology, gender studies, psychology, criminology and linguistics courses, as well as numerous high school courses. It is regularly used by educators in the battered women’s and rape crisis movements, and counselors in the batterer intervention field. It has been seen by over 3 million people.
After more than ten years of global efforts to combat slavery, the heartbreaking reality is that this massive; multi-billion dollar criminal activity continues to grow. Tens of millions of people still endure slavery today. In spite of these tragic figures there are modern day abolitionists who battle human trafficking. “Not For Sale II” tells the story of five such heroes.
Not My Life comprehensively depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor,sex tourism,sexual exploitation,and child soldiering.
Men, Women and Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers. http://www.netflix.com/title/80014906
A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy’s sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution.Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who was promised a better life in America also becomes a victim.
Call + Response is a documentary film released in 2008 by Fair Trade Pictures to support human rights activism against human trafficking and slavery on a community level.
A documentary gives a candid perspective of prostitution and sex slavery in New York City. Centering on former-prostitute-turned-activist Rachel Lloyd and her support center, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the film gives in-depth access to the sad and shocking process of luring girls — some as young as 13 — into the degradation. As Lloyd struggles to save the girls — and rehabilitate those who have fallen victim — a tragic yet hopeful story unfolds.
Timely and wise, this feature documentary explores the state of prostitution laws in Canada. Buying Sex captures the complexity of the issue by listening to the frequently conflicting voices of sex workers, policy-makers, lawyers and even the male buyers who make their claim for why prostitution is good for society. With the landmark Supreme Court decision in Canada, the film examines the realities in Sweden and New Zealand. The film also challenges us to think for ourselves and offers a gripping and invaluable account of just what is at stake for all of us.
Warning: This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.
Following the release of Buying Sex, Professor Alan Young, counsel for the applicants in Bedford v. Canada and a participant in the film, contacted the NFB to complain that the film provides an incomplete and inaccurate account of the case. The NFB acknowledges that the constitutional challenge is not the focus of the film. Rather, the aim of the film is to examine the current controversy in Canada around the decriminalization of prostitution, of which the Bedford case is one aspect. The goal is to create a film which encourages Canadians to engage in an informed debate about sex work from a national and international perspective. The NFB believes the film achieves this purpose. In the spirit of furthering an informed debate on these issues, including the constitutional challenge, and in response to Prof. Young’s concerns, the NFB provides below links to the legal briefs filed by the parties before the Supreme Court of Canada as well as links to the judgments of all three Canadian Courts. The third judgment, from the Supreme Court of Canada, was released in December 2013, following the completion of the film. The Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the three prostitution related laws challenged by Prof. Young, but suspended its judgment for one year to allow Parliament to consider whether to enact new laws, thus ensuring that the debate surrounding the decriminalization of prostitution will continue in Canada for some time.
Modern-day slavery is alive and well in the United States as thousands of victims are trafficked throughout the country to satisfy America’s $3 billion a year sex trafficking industry. Meet the pimps, the johns, the police, the parents and the victims of the America’s thriving sex trade in TRICKED, a comprehensive documentary that uncovers America’s dirty secret. It’s an industry that is fueled by greed, fantasy and the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and girls.
Embedded with the Denver Vice squad, TRICKED follows Sgt. Dan Steele and his colleagues in their dogged pursuit of traffickers and devotion to rescuing victims. In Las Vegas, ground zero for escort services, Las Vegas Police detectives work to hit traffickers where it hurts them most, by seizing their financial assets. In New York, Chicago and Las Vegas, brash and unrepentant johns reveal the how, why, when and where of what they call “a hobby.”
From Sgt. Steele to the survivors, TRICKED weaves together dramatic, disparate, inter-dependent characters and provides an unflinching view of the world of sex trafficking, the almost incomprehensible and disturbing bonds between the traffickers and victims and the seemingly insurmountable challenges faced by law enforcement nationwide.
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (87 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
Typically known for coffeehouses and cloud cover, Seattle has also gained another title: 3rd most prostituted children in the nation. Experts estimate that there are up to 300,000 underage girls sexually trafficked nationally every year. These girls (many as young as 12 and 13 years old) are bought and sold for the pleasure of men all over the country. This isn’t just happening in 3rd world countries, it’s happening right here in our own backyards. It has been said that prostitution and rape are two sides of the same coin. None of these little girls want to be out in the freezing cold night after night to get into cars with strange men; they are trapped inside a system of coercion and fear that gives them no hope for a normal childhood – much less a healthy future.
This feature-length documentary from Mew Films is the product of hundreds of hours of ridealong footage with Sea-Tac street crimes unit and the Seattle high-risk victims unit, including undercover sting operations and interviews with some of Seattle’s leading politicians and leaders. This powerful film hopes to shed light on this growing problem and uncover the solution to the atrocities happening to Seattle’s daughters, nieces, and friends. Rape For Profit partners with local law enforcement, teen shelters, and non-profit organizations to help educate the city of Seattle on what is going on right in front of them.
As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, many consider legalizing prostitution. Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question:
“How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?”
Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims, it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.
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.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, coerced to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. These trafficked sex slaves form the backbone of one of the world’s most profitable illicit enterprises and generate huge profits for their exploiters, for unlike narcotics, which must be grown, harvested, refined, and packaged, sex slaves require no such “processing,” and can be repeatedly “consumed.”
Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, in the first journey of its kind, he traveled across four continents to investigate these crimes and take stock of their devastating human toll. Kara made several trips to India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Albania, Moldova, Mexico, and the United States. He witnessed firsthand the sale of human beings into slavery, interviewed over four hundred slaves, and confronted some of those who trafficked and exploited them.
In this book, Kara provides a riveting account of his journey into this unconscionable industry, sharing the moving stories of its victims and revealing the shocking conditions of their exploitation. He draws on his background in finance, economics, and law to provide the first ever business analysis of contemporary slavery worldwide, focusing on its most profitable and barbaric form: sex trafficking. Kara describes the local factors and global economic forces that gave rise to this and other forms of modern slavery over the past two decades and quantifies, for the first time, the size, growth, and profitability of each industry. Finally, he identifies the sectors of the sex trafficking industry that would be hardest hit by specifically designed interventions and recommends the specific legal, tactical, and policy measures that would target these vulnerable sectors and help to abolish this form of slavery, once and for all.
The author will donate a portion of the proceeds of this book to the anti-slavery organization, Free the Slaves.
From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.
With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.
They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.
Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.
Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.
Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”
In Pornland—the culmination of her life’s work—Dines takes an unflinching look at porn and its affect on our lives. Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. But, as Dines shows, today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy. As porn culture has become absorbed into pop culture, a new wave of entrepreneurs are creating porn that is even more hard-core, violent, sexist, and racist. To differentiate their products in a glutted market, producers have created profitable niche products—like teen sex, torture porn, and gonzo—in order to entice a generation of desensitized users.
Going from the backstreets to Wall Street, Dines traces the extensive money trail behind this multibillion-dollar industry—one that reaps more profits than the film and music industries combined. Like Big Tobacco—with its powerful lobbying groups and sophisticated business practices—porn companies don’t simply sell products. Rather they influence legislators, partner with mainstream media, and develop new technologies like streaming video for cell phones. Proving that this assembly line of content is actually limiting our sexual freedom, Dines argues that porn’s omnipresence has become a public health concern we can no longer ignore.
Just outside Toronto, a 14-year-old Canadian girl was auctioned on the internet for men to purchase by the hour. A young woman was taken by slave traders from an African war zone to Edmonton to earn greater profits by exploiting her in prostitution. A gang called Wolfpack recruited teenagers in Quebec and sold them for sex to high-profile men in the community.
The global problem of human trafficking is only beginning to be recognized in Canada, even though it has been hidden in plain sight. In Invisible Chains, Benjamin Perrin, an award-winning law professor and policy expert, exposes cases of human trafficking, recording in-depth interviews with people on the front lines—police officers, social workers, and the victims themselves—and bringing to light government records released under access-to-information laws.
Kirsten is a passionate advocate in the fight against human slavery and the need to find durable solutions in addressing it. She has worked with vulnerable and marginalized populations, both as an addictions support counselor for youth living on the street in Victoria and during field work with sexually exploited women in Thailand. Throughout her academic career she has conducted extensive research on the various facets of the trafficking problem. As a result she has a significant understanding of the myriad of complexities that contribute to human trafficking. Her primary interest and passion is identifying and bringing light to root causes of sex trafficking for the purpose of moving towards its abolition.
Tania is an enthusiastic leader with exceptional interpersonal skills and a bias towards collaboration. She is the founder and president of Restore Dignity , a creative movement aimed at raising awareness in our communities about the local and global epidemic of human trafficking. Dignity is a fundamental element of human life. Restore Dignity utilizes the power of design to help restore the dignity taken from children, women, and men forced into human trafficking. She brings a great perspective and organizational expertise to the FORTRESS advisory council.
A mother of 4 and passionate advocate for social justice. Lara is a regular keynote speaker at the march for life and has a deep desire to speak life and liberty into spheres of influence in the media arena through her role as an actor.
Deborah Morris is a Canadian entrepreneur who consults cross-culturally in businesses working with survivors of human trafficking, and in exploitation prevention projects. Specifically she works with businesses that offer vocational training and alternative work for women who have been exploited and find themselves trapped in the sex trade. Deborah normally lives in Kolkata India, but is currently on sabbatical in Vancouver speaking on human trafficking issues and solutions, and working on a master’s program in Organizational Leadership. Deborah holds a Sociology degree in gender issues and peace building and has a passion for serving God in the area of human justice. She is a partner with Interserve Canada, a global organization for Christian professionals reaching out to the people of Asia and the Arab World.
With a background and passion for film production, Leanne works as not only as a volunteer on our board of directors but also as the Assistant Director on the production team.
Janta has a persistent, burning desire to take on big, messy challenges and see small steps over time add up to big change. And so she chose to join the Fortress Foundation to help make Canada an inhospitable environment to the sex trafficking industry. She brings a background in politics and government, and is completing her qualifications to become a lawyer, after studying and working in the UK. She lives in Burnaby and is engaged to an American.
Outreach within the high school setting is Nicole’s specialty. She has been touring high schools teaching our youth on healthy relationships and sexuality as a passionate pursuit to pass on her experiences to the next generation. Along side of a passion to see the oppressed set free and a heart that bleeds for victims of human trafficking, she has an insatiable desire to see youth walk in truth and freedom. She brings an in depth understanding of measures which prevent sexual exploitation needing to be applied by young people through early educational methods.
With an extensive background in digital marketing and technology combined with a passion for empowering young people to reach their peak potential, Joel brings a fresh and effective outlook on how to prevent sexual exploitation before it starts. He is first and foremost a father to two young boys and a mentor and role model for young men everywhere.
When values align with ideas, and ideas lead to action anything can happen. For the last 25 years, in organizations large and small, I have worked to promote the transformative power of story. I love great stories and the people who tell them. It is a courageous act and I have been so fortunate to work in this space to advance opportunity through education and change. We are living at a powerful moment when people desire a deeper connection with community to promote positive change. Your story is core to that mission and so is the Fortress Foundation.
Who Is Peter?
Peter Hanlon has been an industry professional for the past thirty years and is currently one of Vancouver’s most sought after acting teachers.
Once named by Maxim as one of the hottest porn stars in the world, Jenna Presley performed in more than 275 pornographic films, stripped for money, sold her body in prostitution, abused drugs and even tried to kill herself – but now the young brunette stunner says she has found her true calling in life.
This 15 year old young man has an incredible artistic gift to create compelling media pieces that move the heart, and inspire change! Coming to the table as a young man who is facing the same issues as the youth of our nation first hand, Peter Wilson brings an incredible perspective from which we create our film projects for that target demographic.
Peter is a 2x winner of the Youth United Anti-bullying Film Festival and his attached commercial shoots have been featured on CBC prime time commercial space for two years running.
It’s no surprise Paul found a love in film having come from a family very involved in the motion picture industry over the years. From a very young age he composed themes and fell in love with film music and soundtracks. Finally at the age of sixteen Paul took a year off from high school to pursue his dreams of working in the business as a film composer. He attended film music composition school in Seattle under the teaching of award winning composer Hummie Mann before going back and finishing high school. It was at this school that he discovered his passion for film went deeper than just music, he had a passion for storytelling.
With a newfound desire to tell stories and not just score them, Paul received an internship at a local production company in the Pacific Northwest. Here he worked under award winning producer/director Michael Lienau where he eventually was hired as a full time editor and writer. Working for Michael helped hone his craft of telling stories through film editing as well as writing/directing narrative projects, promos and music videos. While working on a children’s supernatural TV series pilot Paul met actor/singer Steven Skyler whose relationship brought both writing and directing projects in LA and internationally. These include a music video, a short film produced by Emmy Award winning director Anthony Morrow, and a feature film Paul wrote that is currently being produced in Thailand. Paul currently is working as a freelance writer/director/producer in L.A., Hawaii and Seattle. His passion for great storytelling and high production value have partnered him with several talented individuals in the industry. Together they hope to create compelling content for audiences everywhere.
Jacob Lienau has spent the past decade traveling the globe working as a film professional with his father, award-winning filmmaker, Michael Lienau.
Growing up on a 14-acre farm in the Pacific NorthWest, Jacob’s days were divided between family, farm work, and innovative film production which he learned from a young age. Being one of eight siblings was a great training ground in communication and teamwork. These skills have made him an asset to production teams.
Jacob’s experiences range from directing photography and camera assisting on narrative features, shorts, and episodic television to crane, camera operation and video engineering for large stadium events and live production. He has also shot guerrilla media coverage of international disasters as an independent journalist. His experience includes field audio recording.
Clients and colleagues consistently applaud Jacob’s energy, focus and adaptability in any situation he’s faced with. He has worked the past year in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Panama, and the Philippines.
As Creative Director of Masters Digital, Tim is involved with all aspects of the audio process, acting as Multi-Channel Location Recordist, Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer. For almost 30 years Tim has specialized in audio design for IMAX/Giant Screen Films, Documentary Films, Features, Television and Themed Attractions.
Tim has received international recognition for his expertise in the sound design field, including MPSE “Golden Reel” Awards for Giant Screen film projects such as Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (O Entertainment), The Human Body (BBC Large Format) and Pirates (SimEx! Iwerks). As well as sharing the GSCA Sound Design Award for the location audio on Tornado Alley (Graphic Films). Other notable Giant Screen credits would include, BUGS!3D, Michael Jordan to the Max,
Ride Around the World, India Kingdom of the Tiger and Africa the Serengeti.
Tim is also Co-Producer and Sound Designer for the upcoming Giant Screen production, Global Soundscapes (w/t), an interactive theatre show about the science of sound and soundscape ecology.
Jonathan Nixon has a mission to produce inspirational and thought provoking media. After 10 years in Hollywood producing, directing, and shooting film and television projects for Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, CBS, MTV, FOX, and E! Entertainment, Nixon was frustrated with the small influence that he had on the content of the film and television projects that he was involved with. He now has a divine impact on the entertainment world through his consultative services to industry professionals, and is hands on to assure the production of the FORTRESS Foundation’s primary project SHIFT, is on point and powerfully effective.