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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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There are potentially millions of victims who are not receiving the guidance and empowerment they need to heal and be free. Global awareness and education about this issue will help potential victims not fall into trafficking and help survivors receive the help they need. We need to create public awareness to reduce the demand and put pressure on public officials to create laws and policies. We want to share a message of hope with survivors and to save even one girl or boy’s life.


To complete this important project we need your help. You can be a part of the solution of helping survivors survive trafficking by supporting this film in order to provide solutions, healing and empowerment. Please consider donating today and receive film credit and other benefits based on your contribution.
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Stopping Traffic, released in 2017, was a powerful documentary that investigated the international crisis of human sex trafficking, particularly of minors, from a deeply personal point of view. It was anchored by frank interviews with child sexual abuse and sex trafficking survivors and veteran activists, with additional commentary from social service agents, academics, and young activists. Following the momentum and global impact of this documentary, the talented filmmaker duo from Siddhayatan Tirth Studios, are uniting forces with CHILDREN AT RISK, to raise awareness about human trafficking at a much larger scale through a 7-city trip around the world to investigate the crisis of human trafficking. Together, they will connect with experts, meet with survivors, inspire activists and philanthropists to support the anti-trafficking movement and help survivors survive through their follow-up film Stopping Traffic 2: Surviving Sex-Trafficking.

1. Houston


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.

2. Mexico City


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.

3. São Paulo


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.

4. Manila


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.

5. Mumbai


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.

6. Budapest


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.

7. Addis Ababa


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: