Seattle’s own Jane Charles sets forth her new film, SOLD, now screening at Sundance Cinemas Seattle until April 21. The film is focused and dedicated to exposing the realities of human trafficking. It sheds cold hard light on what is a reality for innumerable people internationally. Jane cofounded StolenYouth, an organization close to the heart of Baby & Company who make regular contributions in many forms; recently, an in store bake sale in their honor. StolenYouth fights to educate communities in the United States on how to end child trafficking on a local level and to eventually extend its reach globally. Jane is an award-winning producer devoted to exposing causes hidden in the dark corners of human frailty.
While StolenYouth has been making strides to bring awareness and to fight trafficking, much more is still to be done. To support StolenYouth, visit their site here to make a donation, or learn more about how to get involved.
More about the issue, from StolenYouth's site—
Child sex trafficking doesn’t just happen on the other side of the world. Research suggests that there are over 500 kids on Seattle streets alone and the average age of these children is just 13 years old. The problem is growing, and the internet is making detection, protection, and prosecution even harder. StolenYouth champions the cause of the most victimized and vulnerable segment of our society – prostituted youth. And although commercial sexual abuse of a minor is a felony, these children are often treated like criminals. Most have a history of sexual abuse and come from foster care, or unstable living conditions, making them vulnerable to prostitution and coercion by pimps.
This is the human rights issue of our time and affects every state in America with at least 100,000 to as many as 300,000 children being commercially sexually exploited across the nation. By starting here in Seattle, StolenYouth is creating a successful working model that can be used to effectively address this growing problem in any city across the country.
Prostituted youth require safety, housing, and intensive specialized services to start the healing process and to have the opportunity to start a new life. This includes education, employment training, psychological counseling, medical care, and protection. Without intervention 77% of prostituted girls will go on to participate in adult prostitution. The death rate among prostituted adults is 40 times that of the national average of adult women. We must ensure that these youth are identified and receive these crucial services before it is too late.
StolenYouth raises funds that provided critical financial assistance to four highly-effective local organizations: YouthCare, The Center for Children & Youth Justice, Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking, and the Organization for Prostitution Survivors.