October 10, 2008
Twenty-seven million people worldwide are the victims of modern-day slavery: They are forced into sex or back-breaking labor against their will. Most of the victims lured into this criminal world are innocent children " maybe even your own. A new documentary, Call + Response, explores the injustices that are taking place in this underground society. These atrocities are not only happening in other parts of the world. Women who were trapped as sex slaves in America share their stories.
Call to Action
In the documentary Call + Response, some of Hollywood's leading actresses speak out about the atrocities of the sex-slave industry. Julia Ormond, a featured actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, joins Dr. Phil to share her firsthand experience witnessing human trafficking.
Filmmaker, musician and producer of Call + Response, Justin Dillon, goes undercover to see what types of criminal sexual activity is occurring in his hometown. Could what he discovered be happening in your neighborhood? And, Julia shares how she is working to put an end to these injustices with the help of an organization she started called ASSET.
Police in Texas recently rescued a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly smuggled into the state with the promise of love, only to be locked in a house and forced to sell herself at least five nights a week. Hear from an FBI agent who sheds light on the case.
Lured into Teenage Prostitution
Tyamba was a straight-A student but became a rebellious young teen. She ran away from home when she was 13 and found herself trapped in a prostitution ring. And, hear from two women striving to put an end to the child sex-slave trade.
As teens, Wendy and Sheri were both charmed by Greg. But they say he soon showed a dark side and forced them to sell their bodies. When they didn't meet their monetary quotas, he beat them. Does Greg confirm their story? Find out what he has to say.
Fifteen and Sold for $200
At 15, Maria moved from Mexico to California to live with her sister. She says she thought she was being offered a job, but was actually sold to a pedophile. After years of being raped and abused, she was framed for murder.
Justin Dillon wrote the song, "Baby Blue," from a sex slave's perspective. He sings the moving piece on Dr. Phil's stage.
Indicators that Someone May be a Victim of Human Trafficking
To report a case of human trafficking or to get more information, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, operated by the Polaris Project, at (888) 373-7888(888) 373-7888 FREE.