Visions Beyond Borders, a Christian ministry, worked with MSU film student Jennings Barmore to produce the film “Trafficked.” A 35-minute documentary that investigates sex slavery that in India and Nepal, Trafficked focused on women in these two countries that are sold into brothels for money and are most often sold by family members. Cases have been reported of parents selling daughters, husbands selling wives and sons selling mothers. There are around 100,000-160,000 Nepalese women in India and 35 percent of these women were coerced under the false pretext of marriage or a good job. Trafficked seeks to delve deeper into the nuances of human trafficking.
Patrick Klein, founder and director of Visions Beyond Borders, came up with the idea for the film around March 2012. Klein had been working with women from Red Light districts in Nepal and India for twenty years and recognized that human trafficking was a growing issue. Klein knew Barmore as a film student at MSU and asked him if he would like to work on making a film about the issue. Barmore agreed and within three months they were ready to travel with a staff of about 15-20 people.
In June of 2012, Barmore went to Southeast Asia with a team from Visions Beyond Borders, filming in a safe house for women who had been saved from the sex trafficking industry. There he filmed a woman who shared her story of being enslaved and eventually escaping.
In August, Barmore went on a second trip with two other cameramen, Even McCotter and Aaron Flood. During this trip they went into the Red Light districts of India. Hidden cameras, in the form of a disguised iPhone in the front of Barmore’s backpack and a Go-Pro in the back of Flood’s backpack, were used to film what they witnessed.
The interview and narration portion of the documentary was shot in Bozeman this past November. There was a studio crew of seven people who spent nine months putting the footage together to create the film.
[pullquote align=”right”]“What I really want to see happen is a movement where more and more people take a stand and say let’s do this, this is doable.” — Patrick Klein[/pullquote]
Certain facets of filming in the Red Light districts were easier than the crew expected. “It was amazing the freedom we had on the ground to be able to walk into some of these places and come back with the footage we did.” Barmore said.
Klein wants this documentary to raise awareness and encourage people to help out in whatever way they can. “What I really want to see happen is a movement where more and more people take a stand and say let’s do this, this is doable,” said Klein.
If you are interested in helping with Visions Beyond Borders or would like to find additional information about “Trafficked”, visit their website: http://visionbeyondborders.org/default.aspx.