Rachel Lloyd runs GEMS, the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services in Harlem to help rehabilitate girls who are transitioning out of the sex industry. Some of them have been involved for most of their lives in one way or another. Many of them have been abused or are coming from broken homes. This video gives them a voice to talk about a world that most of us can hardly relate to… It’s rarely discussed, partly because it involves issues of class and race and sex, and generalizations that hurt people are easy to make. It’s also hard to come across any information about domestic sex trafficking, though there is a bounty of information when it comes to crossing borders. Neither circumstance is better, but there needs to be more attention given to the exploitation happening in the United States today- and maybe more sympathy can be had for these girls and their situation.
This video was made for a contest on Current TV called “Seeds of Tolerance.” The winner of the contest will receive $100,000, and if this video wins, $50,000 will be donated to GEMS to help the victims of this terrible American sex industry. If you’re interested- check it out and vote for the video. It’s called “The Making of a Girl,” and voting ends this Friday, December 1st.