Stopping Traffic, directed by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, explores the $32 billion dollar a year business of sex trafficking and emphasises just how close to home it can be.
$32bn a year. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world. The suffering of girls and boys is hugely profitable to some large and revolting individuals at the top of the chain, and they do everything they can to overpower and suppress the truth. What Sadhvi Siddhali Shree succeeds in doing, is throwing away that veil and bravely standing up to those powers.
Stopping Traffic is raw. It’s nauseating at times. It gives you horrible chills. But that’s exactly what it needs to do to ensure that it doesn’t just have a five-minute impact. Every single one of us that watches this needs it to stay with us if we are going to do anything about it in the short, medium and long term.
At Ethical Stories Ethical Me, we jumped at the opportunity to support Stopping Traffic and the not-for-profits that have made this film and continue to spread the world in order to encourage change. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the brilliant and beautiful Jeannie Mai, one of the driving forces behind this documentary. Use the code EVERYSOULCOUNTS at checkout, and we will donate 15% of the proceeds to Stopping Traffic. It’s as easy as that to help to spread the world and make a change.
Whenever I think about the words “Stopping Traffic”, the image that comes to my mind first is a red traffic light. It seems so ironic that in so many cities across the world, the ‘red light’ district is exactly the opposite –it actually promotes the inhumane treatment and entrapment of children, women, and men. Girls as young as four are sold and sexually exploited on a daily basis. Teenage girls are forced to have encounters with over 20 men a night.
#ESEMTribe, the commodification of bodies has to end at this red light. Help us.
Many of you may have been unable to watch Stopping Traffic if you’re from the UK. If you’d be interested in watching it, sign up with us – due to high demand, we are planning a screening in London very soon. *Watch this space*