“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
- James Baldwin
The day before I turned seventeen I decided to go on a trip that would alter my life forever. Unbeknownst to me, my “friends” set me up to be kidnapped and sold into human trafficking.
Confessing that is still painful, even after all the work I’ve done to recover from the abuse I endured for 3 years. At this point I only know that I’ve experienced these things when my body is overwhelmed by emotions that I can’t explain aka PTSD. Sensory memories linger in my physical being that are triggered by smells or sounds.
Since escaping from that life, I have worked on healing through therapy, a wonderful support group for women who have gone through similar sexual abuse. They’ve helped me understand my trauma stemming from childhood.
The goal with this film is to empower, release shame and reclaim innocence. To be at the forefront of change so that this doesn’t continue happening to our girls. To offer the power of support.
Writer / Director: Nicole Mejia
Producer: Ahmad Alerwi
DP: Seth MacMillan
PD: Xiyu Lin
CD: Claire Mildred
Editor: Guangping 'Ben' Niu