"Trafficked focuses an unflinching lens on the brutality and suffering inflicted by sex-trafficking, around the globe and right here in the United States. In his day job, writer and producer Siddharth Kara is a Harvard academic and one of the world’s most eloquent experts on modern-day slavery. But his first feature film is more searing than any documentary as he weaves together gut-punching stories of young women trapped in the pay-for-sex industry. This fictionalized approach shines a light on an ugly secret: this crime is not confined to distant Third-World countries. It is also happening in American cities and suburbs – always fueled by endless streams of buyers."
- Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder and Chair, Demand Abolition, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
“Trafficked unflinchingly depicts the trauma of human trafficking on an international scale by weaving together a collage of individual lives. Siddharth Kara is an internationally recognized expert on human trafficking, and he powerfully captures an authentic depiction of how sex trafficking occurs around the globe and manifests itself in our own communities. I am proud to host a private screening of Trafficked with government officials and other local and regional stakeholders in order to raise awareness. Viewers will no doubt feel unsettled during the course of the film. It is my hope that such feelings will motivate us all to better understand human trafficking in its different forms.”
- Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, TX
“From Siddharth Kara—one of the world’s foremost scholars and researchers on trafficking—comes a compelling and gripping movie. Trafficked examines the lives of three young girls from different continents, educational backgrounds, and economic circumstances, who become subject to one of the worst human rights violations of our time—the trafficking of young women and their exploitation on so many levels, physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and more. Watch the movie, read his books, and learn more about what we all can do to end trafficking and modern-day slavery.”
- Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
"Trafficked is a profound film that moved me emotionally. Siddharth Kara has captured the atrocities of human trafficking in such a way that it will inspire you to want to make a difference. Everyone should see this film!"
- Beth Thompson, Executive Vice President, Williams-Sonoma Global Operations Sourcing
“I was shaken to my core after watching Trafficked. What struck me most was the delicate balance Siddharth Kara struck between an accurate depiction of human trafficking and conveying its horror. While gut-wrenching, Trafficked is never sensational and firmly communicates the elements of force, fraud, and coercion that trafficking entails. In communicating those elements, Kara rightly shows how human trafficking intersects international boundaries and categories like culture, gender, race, and class. He challenges for viewers the popular narrative of human trafficking by briefly depicting forms of trafficking that do not usually receive their due attention, like labor trafficking and even organ trafficking. During the course of the film, I felt a wave of different emotions, ranging from disgust to sympathy for the victims, and Kara is careful to avoid concluding Trafficked with a false sense of hope. Instead, I understand him to mean that much work remains. In the end, viewers are left with the message that truly addressing human trafficking will demand a united effort.”
- Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking – Houston, TX