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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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.
Sex trafficking occurs in every Brazilian state and the federal district. A large number of Brazilian women and children are found in forced prostitution abroad, often in Spain, Italy, Portugal, the UK, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Germany, and the US, but also as far away as Japan. Brazilian women and children are also subjected to forced prostitution in neighboring countries, and foreign organized criminal networks, particularly from Russia and Spain, are involved in sex trafficking of Brazilian women.
Prostitution is illegal in the Philippines. Still, it has long been known for prostitution, and the internal trafficking of men, women, and children for purposes of sexual exploitation.The children of the Philippines are especially vulnerable and in desperate need of help. An estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution rings, with the highest incidence being in tourist areas. It has been reported by both government and non-government agencies that a growing number of Filipino boys are victims of sex trafficking.
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.
With 36,000 people, Hungary has the third highest number within the European Union, exceeded only by Bulgaria and Romania. In other words, Hungary is the third most dangerous European country in terms of human trafficking. Women from eastern Hungary are subjected to forced prostitution in Budapest and areas in Hungary along the Austrian border. Most of them are young women living in very poor conditions, usually in foster homes or orphanages.
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.
Segment 1 – Sep 26 to Oct 5: Houston, Mexico City and São Paulo
Segment 2 – Oct 7 to Oct 16: Manila and Mumbai
Segment 3 – Oct 15 to Oct 23: Budapest and Addis Ababa
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: