Community Awareness through Media and Music
The majority of Americans know nothing of sex trafficking.
And for those who do have an awareness, they lack correct information. For the minority that grasp the breadth of this horrific crime, they are usually so overwhelmed by the facts, they don’t know what to do.
This feeling of hopelessness is understandable as sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry surpassing the illegal sale of arms and is expected to surpass the illegal sale of drugs in the next few years. The selling of a human for sex has surged as a lucrative business for organized crime because while drugs are sold once, a person can be sold over and over again.
While the situation seems hopeless, it is our vision that by utilizing the power of media and music we can spur our communities to demand more protection for our children.
Music and media are inescapable. When is the last time you walked into a grocery store and didn’t hear music? Even when you go to pump gas, chances are you have a mini screen showing you images and informing you of something. Marketing companies know that these two forms of art have long been instruments of awareness and change throughout the world. They both have the power to evoke emotion and unity. The social and political movement of the 1960’s was powered and unified with music and movies, which not only spoke about what was happening in the world, but also to and for the people who were making it happen.
In 1985, activist and performer Steven Van Zandt and record producer Arthur Baker formed the group "Artists United Against Apartheid" to protest apartheid in South Africa. With a journalist's help, the two sought out a group of well known artists including Bruce Springsteen and Miles Davis to perform the protest song "Sun City" which eventually led to a documentary.
Songwriters and filmmakers have the ability to influence and raise funds that put desire for change into action. Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief was hosted in 2010 to raise funds after an earthquake struck Haiti. With an audience of 83 million viewers, the concert raised $58 million.
We believe that with every film, VR experience, house concert, and large festival, we are making an investment in the next generation, unifying resources and citizens, and defending our cities. Our mission is to raise awareness through innovative media and music. We believe with a public outcry for social justice, we can witness the end of trafficking in our lifetime.
Right here in the United States.
Brothels exist throughout cities across the nation in motels, cantinas, massage parlors, truck stops, at private parties, and inside privately owned homes. A great deal of the sex trade happens online.
The I-10 Corridor is the number 1 route for sex trafficking in the US, with the stretch from Houston to El Paso ranking as a top area.
It is estimated that 100,000 to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year.
The average age of victims is between 11 and 14 and the average life expectancy is 7 years. Yes, 7 years!
In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia.
Of all sex trafficking victims in the US, 25% are enslaved in Texas alone.
- Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas
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Through film and a future VR Experience we are shining a light on trafficking to the general public. We want you to be in the know and share in our passion.
We are partnering with the best rising talent and artists who have been entertaining for decades to inform our communities at house concerts and music events.
Winning this battle takes a large army ready to move into action. We can connect you to other non-profits that bring together resources and expertise.
Not In Our City began in 2015 when two moms in Katy,TX, discovered that children, just like theirs, were being sold for sex in their very own neighborhoods. As they dove into research, they came into contact with victims, parents of victims, and activists around the country. It did not take long to uncover the full scope of domestic sex-trafficking and the gaps in the many efforts to end modern day slavery.
Awareness and youth involvement quickly became key for prevention efforts. Connecting activists and anti-trafficking organizations became crucial for recovering victims and for educating the public.
Not In Our City connects the film and music industry to provide awareness events, educational material and experiences, and has built a network of resources. The movement now consists of volunteers, whole communities, and a network of organizations and activists working together to fight the battle against this hidden and often mis-understood criminal atrocity.
Angie Goeke and Alicia Maroney