A National Search for Human Worth

Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a documentary about the shocking reality of domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States and the rising movement of advocates fighting to abolish it.

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Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a 90 minute documentary that reveals the alarming truth about sex trafficking in the U.S. and the rise of advocates striving to end it. Beginning in September 2009, the film crew traveled to over 30 states and conducted more than 75 interviews with survivors, former traffickers, sex-buyers, pornographers, law enforcement, politicians, activists, and many others. This digital version is for private use only. For public showings of the film, please purchase the public screening license.
About the Film
About the Film

Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth follows a group of young journalists as they travel across the United States investigating the growing crisis of sex trafficking in their nation.

How did commercial sexual exploitation become the nation’s fastest-growing form of organized crime? 1 What can be done to stop it? The crew traveled to over 30 states to make the film and conducted more than 75 interviews with federal agents, survivors, former traffickers, politicians, leading activists, psychologists, pornographers, and many others. Released in 2011, Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is the first feature length documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States.

Sex+Money was first distributed through a grassroots tour of all 50 United States in 2011. The film has been highlighted on CNN, NBC, CBN, Voice of America, Christianity Today, World Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Family Talk Radio with Dr. James Dobson, and more.

In April 2012 the Sex+Money filmmakers received a Certificate of Recognition from the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, acknowledging the film’s contribution towards resource development for frontline responders to sex trafficking in America. Recently, Sex+Money has been used for training purposes by the FBI’s Innocence Lost Initiative; The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; The Salvation Army; World Vision; Dartmouth College; Liberty University; and many more agencies, schools, universities, churches, and communities.
“I have seen every film on human trafficking and none is more authentic than Sex+Money. It is better than portrayals funded lavishly. Through the eyes of decent citizens’ inquiry, it drives home what causes and what it takes to abolish slavery. It is unafraid to show buying sex is uncool and fuels human trafficking.” Ambassador Mark P Lagon Ambassador-at-Large and Director (2007-2009) Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
Sex+Money – This is a powerful piece on domestic slavery and trafficking.” Demi Moore via Twitter
Sex+Money is a significant and necessary film in this modern-day abolitionist movement. It is a ‘must-see’ film for anyone interested in combating sex trafficking within the United States.” Benjamin Nolot President and Founder Exodus Cry Producer/Director/Writer “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”
Sex+Money is a powerful look at the issue of domestic sex trafficking in the U.S. I applaud the courage of those who worked to bring this reality to light. This film will affect change for generations and impact laws and efforts to help those who have been enslaved through the sex trade. ” Natalie Grant Award Winning Recording Artist Founder/Abolition International

In 2007, a group of student photojournalists embarked on a journey through 20+ nations on every inhabitable continent, motivated by their love for photography and their passion for justice. At the outset, their experiences seemed diverse — even random. However, a common thread of human suffering emerged as their travels exposed them to a dark, seldom discussed side of humanity: Children being bought and sold for sex.

Upon returning to the United States, the journalists produced a book called “Sex+Money: A Global Search for Human Worth.” This collection of photographs and stories explores the realities of human trafficking and offers readers a global perspective on the consequences of abusing two of the most powerful forces in the world: sex and money. While researching to write their book, they were shocked to discover the same injustice was happening on their own soil. As a result, what started as a Global Search for Human Worth became a National Search for Human Worth. After collecting research, conducting 75 interviews, and filming over 300 hours of footage in over 30 states, Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth became a feature length documentary in 2011. The FBI says the commercial, sexual exploitation of people has become the nation’s fastest growing business of organized crime. 2 What can be done to stop it?

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more than 75 interviews

with federal agents, victims, politicians, activists, psychologists, and porn-stars, among others.

Siddharth Kara
Author of “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery”, Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Carissa Phelps
Sex trafficking survivor and Prosecuting Attorney.
Prosecuting Attorney
Bradley Myles
Executive Director and CEO of Polaris Project.
Executive Director and CEO
Dr. Melissa Farley
Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Prostitution Research and Education
Clinical Psychologist
Ernie Allen
President and CEO of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for 23 years until his retirement in June of 2012.
President and CEO
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
(D-NY) Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus.
Benjamin Skinner
Author “A Crime So Monstrous” and Principal and Founder of Transparentem and co-founder and Operating Partner of TAU
Benjamin Skinner
Annie Lobert
Sex trafficking survivor and Founder of Hookers For Jesus.
Hookers For Jesus
Luis C. DeBaca
Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking In Persons, U.S. Department of State.
Linda Smith
Founder and President of Shared Hope International
Founder and President
Governor Sam Brownback
In 2000, Governor Brownback and Congressman Chris Smith led the effort to enact the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). President Clinton signed the legislation in October 2000.
Dorchen Leidholdt
Director of the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services and Co-Founder of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW).
Director and Co-Founder
Nate Larkin
Former “john” (buyer of sex), founder of Samson Society, accountability and support network for men.
Former “John”
Kristy Childs
Sex trafficking survivor and Founder of Veronica’s Voice.
Veronica’s Voice
Also Featuring

Derek Williams

Former pimp of 30 years and founder of Back to the Streets (Atlanta)

Stephanie Glass

Sex trafficking survivor

Brenda Myer-Powell

Sex trafficking survivor


Sex trafficking survivor

“Kitty Von Dolce”

Porn performer

Dr. Steven Shoger

Clinical Psychologist, expert on trauma

Craig Gross

Founder of XXXChurch and X3Watch
Production Photos
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