Hope for the Voiceless (HFTV) believes that our freedom is intimately connected with the freedom of our neighbor, and will continue to speak out and provide a platform for those who have been silenced by those who exploit them.
The Hope for the Voiceless documentary below explores how our cultural attitudes towards sexuality, dignity, and human worth fosters a demand for human trafficking in the United States.
About Hope for the Voiceless:
HFTV formed in the summer of 2010 with the desire to help put an end to human trafficking. Comprised primarily of college students, they wondered what they could possibly do to make a difference. They didn’t have the training to assist in survivor rehabilitation, and didn’t have the authority to arrest and prosecute traffickers and johns. They did, however, have passion, creativity, and voices. That’s why HFTV decided to make a documentary about the demand for human trafficking in the United States. They felt an attachment to the conversations surrounding the cultural roots of human trafficking, exposing and exploring the way individuals and systems can interact and lead to injustice and abuse.
Since 2010, HFTV has focused on engaging as many people as possible in conversations about social constructs of gender and sexuality, and the way exploitation in mainstream media and pornography fuels the demand for commercial sex. They’ve also researched and filmed interviews with law enforcement, academics, human trafficking activists, survivors of prostitution and trafficking, and former johns.
In Feb 2013, HFTV became a division of Michigan Abolitionist Project. Connect with a MAP Community Group to learn more about how you can join the movement to prevent and end human trafficking.