THE PIMP'S GAME
A short film that exposes the detailed and very skilled psychological game a pimp
Human trafficking victims are typically in street prostitution where they are forced to provide commercial sexual services by a pimp. Pimps force minors to sell commercial sex on the streets by means of physical abuse, threats, lies, manipulation, and false promises. Victims are often expected to earn a large amount on each night of work, ranging from $500 to $1000 or more, all confiscated by the pimp.
Sex trafficking according to the United States government is the “recruitment of harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act”. The sexual enslavement of women and children has become one of the world's most profitable businesses.
This short film will launch a website and organization, called Off Track, that will use art and information to help prevent the recruitment and trafficking of under age children. Off Track was developed by Francesca Calabresi and Julie Marie Hassett who both worked as outreach directors at Children of the Night, a nonprofit in Los Angeles dedicated to saving underage children who are victims of pimping and prostitution. They worked in LA and traveled to different parts of the country in efforts to help reach out to the young men and women trapped by their pimps.
They began a web-series/documentary that intends to bring to light some of the legal obstacles to stopping child prostitution and trafficking, and will be showing them on the website, and will welcome work from others: people who have worked in trying to stop this epidemic, as well as families and victims. This short film addresses the first issue with pimping and prostitution: The recruitment. Pimps have an incredibly persuasive and well developed psychological trap, that has worked on a shocking number of smart young women.
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