Stopping Traffic 2: Surviving Sex-Trafficking is an eye-opening follow-up, feature documentary about five survivors who share their personal stories of harrowing journeys as they fight for their freedom. We glimpse the road less traveled by survivors empowered enough to break free of their torment. Documenting five stages of the journey from slavery to freedom that a trafficking survivor must endure, Stopping Traffic 2 will put a face on the cause with the heart-wrenching-yet-hopeful stories of these survivors from around the world as they heal, transition and transform.
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TO RAISE HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS
Houston is in the top five leading cities in the United States-This is because of being a port city, close to the border and for the major highways that run through the city. 1 out of 5 trafficked persons pass through Houston at some point. Texas alone counts for 25% of all human trafficking that occurs in the United States. 300,000 people are being trafficked in the state of Texas alone and 79,000 are children.
Mexico is a destination for sex tourism and one of the world's largest hubs for sex trafficking; It is the largest destination for sex tourism from the United States. Mexico is rated as the second worst country in terms of child prostitution and 16,000 to 20,000 children are thought to be victims of sex trafficking in the country. The U.S. Department of State estimated that 70% of all sex trafficked persons are trafficked from Mexico to the U.S., 50% of which are minors who are trafficked for prostitution.
India is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficking for many purposes such as commercial sexual exploitation. Majority of the trafficking is within the country but there are also a large number trafficked from Nepal and Bangladesh. There are no national or regional estimates for the number of children trafficked every year but 40% of prostitutes are children, and there is a growing demand for young girls in the industry. 200,000 Nepalese girls under 16 years are in prostitution in India.
In Ethiopia, trafficking in person has long been a common practice - a practice affecting individuals and communities irrespective of age, gender and ethnicity. Child trafficking in Ethiopia is one of the main social problems. It is also known that trafficked children experience physical and emotional abuse – exposed rape, starvation, and battery; and are deprived of their needs for normal development - no education, poor health and safety. The Government of Ethiopia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.
The STOPPING TRAFFIC team has garnered international attention by winning several film awards and festival selections. Their work is recognized for impact, cinematography, and speaking up about social injustice. Some of our awards include: