Megean De Graaf – Staff Writer
On Monday, December 8, the documentary “Red Light Green Light” was shown at Dordt College. It took place in the science building in room 1606.
The film journeys through ten countries that are considering legalizing prostitution.
“Red Light Green Light” is about sex trafficking, specifically involving children, around the world. It has become a bigger and bigger problem, with numbers of children sold into sex slavery increasing nearly every year.
The film told the story of women who were a part of sex trafficking during their youth. The women reflect back on the fear and pain caused by this childhood trauma.
“Sex trafficking is a booming business, and slavery is far from abolished,” said filmmaker Michelle Brock. In October of 2006, she and her husband Jay attended a leadership conference and ended up staying to watch a documentary on trafficking.
She was enraged by what she saw. Her frustration eventually led her to begin an awareness campaign in her home province of Ontario, Canada. This campaign soon became the organization Hope for the Sold, which attempts to raise awareness of trafficking. Later, she and her husband created the “Red Light Green Light” documentary.
About a million children are reported to have been trafficked every year in the United States alone. Sometimes the children are forced to travel to a foreign country to become a slave, working in a plantation. Other times they are told that they must work as prostitutes or they would be killed.
Child trafficking is even worse in other countries. “Red Light Green Light” aims to shed light on this worldwide problem and hopes to help raise awareness to find some kind of hope in the distress.
Slavery is not as big of a problem here in the United States because there are labor unions and child labor laws. However, many other countries still struggle with children being forced to work for little to no pay in terrible conditions.
Many trafficked children—and even adults—are not only forced to work, but are sold into prostitution as well. The film mentions that some people view prostitution as a line of work that is perfectly acceptable for a woman: though she may not like the work, she is making money, and that is all that matters.
The film takes a different perspective.
“To be bought and sold is horrible…” said one woman interviewed in the documentary. No one should to be treated like an object. The film wrestles with this as it discusses the big question: how can we prevent sex trafficking?