Call to Action

In the documentary Call + Response, actress Ashley Judd explains, "Women are taken and they're gang-raped into submission until they're completely broken, and then they're put into the brothels." 


Singer Natasha Bedingfield says she went to Mumbai to meet girls who were rescued from being sex slaves in brothels. The girls reported to her, "They turned around and told you, ‘You cannot get out of this place ever, because they've sold you, and they've gone.'"


"Trafficking of people is the fastest-growing crime on the planet. You're talking about hundreds of billions of dollars," says actress Julia Ormond. "The girls who they're using to buy in the for-sex trade are actually getting younger and younger. They were 16, 15. They've been coming down to 7 and even age 3."


A man asks young girls, "You can do yum, yum (oral sex)?" They answer affirmatively and also agree to have sex.


Julia explains, "The pimp sells [the girls] to a client who takes them to a hotel. They can be raped by up to 40 different men, and then they are taken back to the pimp, who has their hymen sewn and sells them again."

Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission shares, "There are more slaves in our world today than were extracted from Africa during 400 years of trans-Atlantic slave trade."

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, points out, "There are cartels and various groups of people who cooperate across borders to traffic people, and this has to stop."

"The system is vast. It is ruthless, and it's lethal," Ashley Judd says.

As the video ends, Dr. Phil asks Julia, "What do we need to do to get people to be aware of what's going on?"

Julia says she spent a year investigating the human trafficking problem and discovered that many of the products she purchases are produced by slaves in the developing world. "If I had to go through my wardrobe and take out the clothing that wasn't tainted by slavery, I'd be dressed in threads," she says.

"You talk about cell phones, clothing, even food items " the different industries where these children are stolen, kidnapped, sold into slavery, then forced to work for either little or nothing. Then, we buy those products but may not know it, and I do want people outraged about this," Dr. Phil says. "What is the worst offense that you have seen?"

"I was really horrified by what was going on in Cambodia, but I'll be really honest with you, I've yet to meet a victim who hasn't gone through something that I don't know how they've come through it," Julia says. "Whether they've been held at gunpoint " victim after victim, child after child talks about seeing somebody beaten until they're killed. Girls who are held, electrocuted, drugged, chained [and] have batons forced down their throats in order to force them into forced prostitution. They really view people as commodities."

Dr. David Batstone author of Not for Sale explains in Call + Response, "Let's say you buy three girls for $1,000, and you deploy them on the streets of Chicago or New York or Los Angeles. Over a period of a year, you are likely to make $240,000 off those three girls, tax free of course, just using them 10 to 15 times a night, turning tricks every day. Imagine the profitability of that."

"These three children " because they are children " can be purchased and then forced into this sex slavery, and it generates these people a quarter of a million dollars a year," Dr. Phil says to Julia. "It's hard to wrap my mind around that."

"The fact that you can take a human being and sell them and earn from them again, and again and again, means that there's more profit to be made in this than the trafficking in weapons and the trafficking in drugs," Julia says.