A Civil Remedy

The story of one domestic sex trafficking victim who survived.

Within the United States, tens of thousands of American girls and women each year are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. They are the most vulnerable among us – victims of entrenched inequalities, systematic and systemic violence, and a global industry of shocking profitability – and, they are often treated as criminals.

In recent decades, passage of national and state trafficking laws has made it possible to prosecute some traffickers. Yet, in the shadow of law, traffickers and pimps and “johns” are still committing brutal crimes on victims who have little or no recourse to justice.

A Civil Remedy is a short documentary film that tells the story of one sex trafficking victim who survived – an American girl who was trafficked into prostitution in Boston at the age of seventeen, escaped to her family, and survived to finish school and become an anti-trafficking advocate.

Against this backdrop, three commentators explore the importance of survivors’ stories, the meaning of justice, and the need to place new legal tools in the hands of victims. A civil remedy – a state civil action for money damages – will empower victims to reclaim their equal place in their community, see their violators held accountable, and drain resources from this global sex industry.

“This unique film is an unadorned, up-close look at human trafficking in our own backyard through the eyes of a teenager who survived it. I highly recommend it for the classroom and for anyone concerned about this ubiquitous problem that threatens young women both around the world and in our own neighborhoods.”

— Dr. Charlie Clements, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University

Client: Film and Law Productions
Role: Producer and Editor
Length: 23 min.
Year: 2014
URL: filmandlaw.com

Directed by Kate Nace Day
Edited and Co-Produced by Shannon Carroll
Cinematography by Kat Rohrer
Associate Produced by Emilee Hoover