What is the IN PLAIN SIGHT campaign?

The IN PLAIN SIGHT campaign seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States. Through the mediums of a documentary film, study guide, and accompanying music album, we are opening the eyes of the average American to what’s happening “in plain sight” – the exploitation of thousands of people in their own communities without them even being aware. We want to educate and then motivate people to take action.

Who is spearheading the campaign?

The IN PLAIN SIGHT campaign is a project of Awaken Media (a non-profit corporation) and is being spearheaded by David Trotter. After producing MOTHER INDIA: Life through the Eyes of the Orphan, we approached Word Films about the possibility of distributing a film on sex trafficking in the United States. In July 2013, Word introduced us to Hope for Justice and Natalie Grant, and we began to dream about the possibilities of producing a hope-filled documentary. Hope for Justice was incredibly gracious to introduce us to US-based aftercare homes that are part of their Professional Providers Network.

Is this a faith-based project?

While faith is important to many of those participating in the project, we believe that everyone – no matter what faith you embrace – is needed to help end sex trafficking. Therefore, we produced the film in such a way that faith is not assumed or denoted by the narration, but several abolitionists and survivors express their own faith experience in several places. We have heard from multiple local, county, and federal agencies that the film is very accessible to everyone. In addition, we wanted to produce other resources – particularly a 31 Day Devotional & Group Study Guide and a benefit music album to benefit Hope for Justice – that would particularly help followers of Jesus engage with this issue.

How is the documentary unique?

We set out to make an educational and motivational film that was filled with HOPE and ACTION. There’s enough debilitating depression surrounding the issue of sex trafficking, and we’ve found that depression (or fear) doesn’t motivate anyone for too long. That’s why we focused on the stories of six female abolitionists who became aware of the issue and chose to do something extraordinary in their cities – open an aftercare home for survivors. By the way, the film isn’t titillating or sexy in any way. The interviews are intimate, raw, and powerful, but we didn’t feel the need to make something this tragic out to be something sexy…because it’s not.

Is the film appropriate for children/tweens/teens?

While the film is not officially rated, we would set it at PG-13. We do not re-create anything, show any violence, discuss the subject of sex trafficking in a titillating manner, or display sexual/pornographic imagery. Yet, the topics of sexual molestation, rape, and the selling of sex are discussed in interviews by survivors and experts in a personal way. You know how sensitive your child/tween/teen is better than anyone. Ultimately, it is your decision.

Tell me about the study guide.

The 31 Day Devotional & Group Study Guide is a faith-based journey to understand God’s heart for the vulnerable and broken within our world – co-authored by Stacia Freeman (US Director of Hope for Justice) and David Trotter (co-executive producer of the IN PLAIN SIGHT documentary). While stories of sex trafficking survivors and abolitionists will be interwoven each week, the workbook is designed to be read as a daily devotional and discussion guide – challenging you and your group to cultivate compassion and start taking action in your own community. Starting with the viewing of the documentary as a group, each of the five small group study guides will be followed up with daily devotions including key concept, Scriptures, quotes, reflection question, action step, a Tweet-able quote, and an Instragram-able image.

Tell me about the benefit album.

Available on Amazon, 100% of the proceeds to be donated to Hope for Justice, the IN PLAIN SIGHT music album features hymns by well-known artists who turn our attention to the hope and healing needed to overcome this darkness. Special thanks to each artist for contributing songs to support the work of Hope for Justice who identifies and rescues victims, advocates on their behalf, provides restorative care which rebuilds lives and trains frontline professionals to tackle slavery. Not only is this an album that can be enjoyed on your own, we hope you’ll utilize the songs in a time of weekly worship as you gather with your small group (lyrics included in the back of the study guide). Artists include Natalie Grant, Jeremy Camp, All Sons & Daughters, Fernando Ortega, Big Daddy Weave, The Digital Age, Page CVXI, Mark Schultz, Anthony Skinner, Bart Millard (from MercyMe), Building 429, and Elijah Young. Click here to purchase.

When and where can I buy the film, benefit album, and study guide?

Everything is available on Amazon and iTunes. To link directly to the resources, click here.

How did you choose the abolitionists and aftercare homes for the film?

Hope for Justice reached out to their network of aftercare homes to see who might be open to participating in the documentary, and from October 2013 to February 2015, we had the privilege of traveling to six cities to shoot the film – including Nashville, Baltimore, Little Rock, Houston, Dallas, and Sacramento. Each one of the homes have been vetted by Hope for Justice to ensure high standards of care for survivors.

How were survivors chosen for the film?

Prior to filming at each aftercare home, we asked if a survivor would be available to share their story – either someone who was living in the home at the time or someone impacted by the home previously. In each case, the aftercare home founder and the survivor’s therapist had to sign off on the survivor’s participation, and it was always up to the survivor if she wanted to participate or not. In addition, she had the choice of showing her full face, half face, or silhouette. A member of the aftercare home staff was present at all times, and the survivor was offered counseling after the interview in the case that sharing her story might have triggered her in any way.

How can my organization screen the film?

We want to empower you to share the stories of hope and freedom that are emerging from the darkness of sex trafficking. It’s super-easy to host a screening, and the only cost is a simple screening license from Word Films (required for all screenings due to Federal copyright laws). CLICK HERE to learn how you can host a screening.

Where can I see a list of upcoming screenings?

For a list of previous and upcoming screenings, click here.

How can I take action in my own community?

How can I help fund this ongoing campaign?

The IN PLAIN SIGHT campaign is being funded through the generous tax-deductible donations of friends, family, and organizations. We raised $85,000 to cover the costs associated with the production and post-production of the film and music album – including travel to all cities, filming, editing, etc. Although David Trotter and Natalie Grant donated their time toward the project and are not being compensated, the expenses associated with an effort of this magnitude are ongoing even after completion of the three resources (dvd, cd, and study guide). From required insurance, marketing, film festivals, and even postage, the expenses are more than you would imagine. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help us spread the message of this film, CLICK HERE.

How do I schedule a media interview?

If you’re interested in scheduling an interview with Executive Producers Natalie Grant or David Trotter or any of the six abolitionists featured in the film, please contact