Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mafia puts hits out on film crew documenting sex trafficking in Cambodia

Movie still from "Redlight"

Redlight, is the latest film released by the K11 Project in cooperation with Priority Films. Narrated by actress Lucy Liu, Redlight is a documentary about the child sex trade in Cambodia.

The film itself is a "gut-wrenching life changer" as it shares the stories of children victimized by sex trafficking in Cambodia.

Below is the film description from the Redlight Website.

"Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of young Cambodian victims and two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam (one of my personal heroes) and politician Mu Sochua. Both have since been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. The filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work in Cambodia."

"Using footage smuggled out of brothels and harrowing testimonials, REDLIGHT follows the plight of several current and former child sex slaves. Some are trying to regain entry into Cambodian society to find some semblance of normality after their horrific experiences. Other stories highlight the plight of victims who are attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. Their torturous yet ultimately heroic battles to find witnesses and take brothel owners to court are dramatically brought to life in this topical and moving feature documentary."

While filming, the K11 crew put their lives in danger as they circumnavigated Cambodian and Thailand mafia's, pimps and assassins.

"When the film crew arrived to shoot the investigative probe into the massive child sex industry, the Cambodian, Chinese, and Vietnamese mafia who controlled the industry had hits put out on the crew within days. It ultimately took 40 armed body guards to secure the cameramen and participants," reported Amanda Kloer of

K11 said the following on their website.

"Equipment is stuck at the borders as ransom - On the scheduled first week of shooting, Guy Jacobson (Producer) and Guy Moshe (Director) try to negotiate with the chinese mafia to free the equipment trucks that are held hostage across the Thai border. After millions change hands, the trucks cross the border safely and the shoot begins."

"...Meanwhile the Documentary crew risk their lives - The documentary crew gains access to the most incredible heart wrenching stories. BUT, even mentioning a connection to the narrative film would put the crew's life in danger. The two crews cannot stay at the same hotels and barely communicate via cell phones for fear they are tapped. On one occasion, the two crews sit at the same restaurant but do not exchange a single word in order not to raise suspicion."

In addition the Redlight, The K11 Project has produced the following films regarding sex trafficking.

Below is a trailer for the movie Redlight.

REDLIGHT Trailer from jillian selsky on Vimeo.

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