Prairie Lights is proud to bring two important Nebraska documentaries to the big screen at this year’s festival: Sold For Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska and Survivor Stories. Hosted by Mike Tobias, and produced for NET, these documentaries put a spotlight on these important issues which are occurring on a daily basis here in our state.
In addition to screening the films, we will be having a Q&A session afterwards with members of law enforcement and the community who will discuss the best ways to identify and combat trafficking in our state. Here’s some details of the films:
Somewhere in Nebraska, right now, there’s sex for sale. Experts believe a lot of the time this isn’t prostitution. It’s someone being trafficked through what’s legally defined as “force, fraud or coercion.” It’s an ugly industry whose victims are mostly women and often children.
“Sold for Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska” examines how trafficking happens in the state, the fight to stop it and what is being done to help victims. This program includes:
- An overview of new research by Creighton University researchers on commercial sex trade and trafficking in Nebraska.
- A look at trafficking in rural Nebraska.
- The story of Rachel Pointer, an Omaha woman who was first sold for sex when she was 6-years-old.
- An interview with a convicted sex trafficker.
- A look at how law enforcement fights trafficking.
- Information on the efforts of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
- The powerful stories of three different Nebraska trafficking survivors.
- Interviews with experts on how people become trafficking victims, and why the crime is often not reported or punished.
- Perspective from more than 20 Nebraska trafficking survivors compiled for a new report.
Again, we are incredibly proud to be able to screen these important documentaries and help expose Nebraskans to a major issue that is happening right now in our state. Festival tickets are currently available for pre-order.