In particular, the film focuses on the story of three "girl next door" types who are lured down a slippery slope into sexual slavery. The formula the film portrays is an impressionable girl who is charmed by an older man into running away or leaving the country with him. This pimp then forces these women into prostitution through a variety of means, which can include confiscating the woman's ID/passport, forced drug use, psychological abuse, physical abuse, rape, and threats of violence against the victim's family.
As a mouth piece for the Christian-based, non-profit organization, The Wellhouse, the documentary has a few biases. It focuses exclusively on the story of three well-adjusted white women who were tricked into sex slavery. In doing so, it ignores the story of women who are particularly susceptible to sex trafficking: illegal immigrants seeking a better life in the U.S., and poor, uneducated drug addicts. The film also fails to explore how the legalization of prostitution would impact the trade, which it claims is a "$13 billion industry in the U.S. alone." Despite its gaps, the film does help shatter the illusion that illegal prostitution is a victimless crime.
View the full 20-minute film, I-20: Superhighway of Sex Trafficking, below.
The film was released by The WellHouse, a non-profit organization led by Tajuan McCarty, a former victim of human trafficking. The WellHouse provides food, clothing, referrals for substance abuse treatment, life skills classes, GED preparation, and other enrichment services to victims of sex trafficking. Learn more about this rising epidemic of human trafficking and donate to The WellHouse at The-WellHouse.org.