“I was 14 going on 15,” the young woman begins. “They took me in a van, took me to Chicago and took us to a house where there were people outside with guns.”
This Quad-City story is one no one should experience, but everyone should hear. Q-C filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle captured it in “Any Kid Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories,” their new documentary on local survivors of sex trafficking.
Most readers likely have heard about the phenomenon and perhaps assumed it’s a big-city urban legend, or a threat for only “bad” kids.
This film, premiering 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Putnam Museum, quickly dispels those notions.
Brittany, Sara and Christi are three women in the film who recount their nonfiction horror stories. Their stories reveal everyday kids duped or forced into sexual servitude by organized criminals preying on kids just like them.
Their disclosures are shocking to anyone but Q-C police officers, prosecutors and judges who have seen and heard this before. They know how criminals troll for runaways, ply them with liquor, drugs or money and a promise of adventure. Then they bring them to motels where clients pay top dollar. Alone and defenseless, these children become property to be bought, sold and shipped across the country.
Thanks to this film, and efforts by the Junior League, Rotary and many others, these voices are finally being heard. Davenport Rotary is helping provide local hotels with bars of soap labeled with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number, so that captured children might see it and call.
Junior League of the Quad-Cities supported this film by hosting the premiere Thursday.
You can help by attending this premiere, and checking out brakingtraffik.org, the website for the Quad-City group actively combating this scourge.
Our Q-C has lots of things for children who are “14 going on 15.” Check out this new film and support the Quad-City group, Braking Traffik, to help assure that falling into the hands of predators is not among them.