Who are these unknown girls who service South East Asia's billion dollar sex industry? How did they get there? Is this their chosen lifestyle? In Street Dreams, the audience is taken throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines to discover first-hand who is paying the heaviest price in this region's growing flesh trade. Through intimate interviews with girls previously and presently caught up in prostitution along with those attempting to save them, the audience is exposed to the harsh and little-known realities of life in the sex industry. With undercover footage taken by hidden cameras, the film shows disturbing but powerful images, including never-before-seen footage of the attempted rescue of a 17-year-old girl from a Bangkok brothel. In the end, Street Dreams turns its attention to its audience: having seen the inspirational work of many organizations and individuals in the film, the viewers are challenged and encouraged to join the struggle against the emerging sex ...Written by
I have see the film "Street Dreams" twice! Two men who have been touched deeply by the horrors of human trafficking and sexual slavery in South East Asia used their skills to make a documentary to tell the story of many who have had their dreams stolen on the streets of places such as Bangkok and Manila. Who hears their cries? Who cares that these girls are treated in such ways beyond anything we can truly comprehend? Who will save them? Jason and Mike of Red Earth Films have heard, they care and have told their stories. They also show what individuals and organizations like Destiny Rescue and F.O.C.U.S are doing to rescue and rehabilitate these precious girls.
As devastating as the statistics and personal stories are the work some people are doing to fight sexual slavery is inspirational. It is not a stretch to say many risk their own lives to help and rescue these girls. It is serious business and these people maybe only scratching the surface, but who could say that these girls or even this ONE girl before them is not worth it? Destiny Rescue's slogan is saving the world, one child at a time. I've often thought that wasn't enough, why can't it be changing the world with every 100 children at a time. But the reality is these 100 children or even the 1.2 million children in slavery are all individual people, all with their own stories of horror, their own circumstances. They are not a number nor a statistic, but a real person who had a childhood dream for their life, were once playing and free and now may have even stopped screaming for help, stopped dreaming of a future, hoping their life would just end. This documentary gives a voice to some of these individuals, gives a glimpse into their stories and takes you on a journey to hearing of the new dreams these girls have - good, positive dreams for a future thanks to those that found and rescued them.
Thank you to Jason Bray and Mike Crowhurst for making this film! I actually got the opportunity to thank them personally and Jason said "oh it's just what we do". So it is, but they have chosen to do something, something that they can do - make a film, which they have done in a super professional yet sensitive way. This film is not only educational, it is inspirational and inspires you to take action and make a difference, take a stance and say "it's just NOT OK!"
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