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.
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.
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?