I have never felt as strongly about anything (other than this) than I feel about Operation Underground Railroad and their efforts to rescue children from sexual slavery. This unconscionable crime sickens me and hurts my soul. To think about the poor children who are being trafficked in this way is heartbreaking beyond belief.
I want to do something to help them.
Luckily I can. I can donate directly to Operation Underground Railroad, and I can go see the movie “The Abolitionists” playing for one night only on Monday, May 16th, 2016. If enough people see this movie, it will be released to more theaters across the country. So many people don’t even know that children are being victimized in this way. But we all need to know so we can save as many children as possible, and ideally, abolish this modern-day slavery.
Here’s what the producers and directors of “The Abolitionists” had to say:
“The journey of making The Abolitionists, although more dangerous, draining and time-consuming than any film we have ever made, has become an extremely personal story that is difficult to talk about. We have grown closer as a crew as well as with the rescue teams we follow. We are like family with those that have embarked on this journey together.
The experiences we have shared as a crew, have often times been so emotionally overpowering that we don’t speak for days. We have held these trafficked children, look(ed) into their eyes and know that never again will we ever be involved with another film that will ever match the importance of the project we now find ourselves engaged in.
We assited in rescuing over 57 children as a result of OUR’s (operation Underground Railroad) efforts. Seven traffickers have been removed from the streets and sent to prison…but this is only part of the story. In the ongoing operations, throughout the filming of the project, over 450 children have been rescued and 139 traffickers have been imprisoned.
Our footage is continually turned over to the police where it was used in various courts to replace the child’s testimony so they would never be forced to take the stand against their oppressors, saving these children additional emotional trauma.
We wanted to bring something new to the documentary category that people haven’t ever seen. We wanted to take the audience with us on the journey and never let go of them. We wanted the viewers to experience what we saw and felt in the moment and I believe we accomplished this in an entertaining and inspiring way.
We also knew going into it that we needed to make the film PG-13 so young moviegoers could be witness to what was happening all around them…to caution them and wake them up while not scaring audiences away from the theater due to the darkness of the subject matter. The goal was not to sicken people but rather to inform them and motivate them to do whatever they could do as individuals, within their own sphere of influence, to stop the plague of human trafficking.
This has been an emotional and spiritual journey, filled with miracles that we can’t being to count.
We will always cherish and look back with gratitude that we were chosen to bring it to audiences everywhere.”
Ten percent of the net proceeds of this blog are donated to Operation Underground Railroad. To find out more and make a direct donation, please visit https://ourrescue.org/