The Trap: The Deadly Sex-Trafficking Cycle in American Prisons

Director: Annie Kelly | Mei-Ling McNamara

Producers: Annie Kelly | Mei-Ling McNamara

Country: United State

Original language: English

۳۲ min | Documentary | 2018 | 18+

The Trap investigates how prisons and jails across the United States have become recruiting grounds for human traffickers, who are targeting incarcerated women and trafficking them out of correctional facilities and into pimp-controlled prostitution. More on this story – Revealed: how US sex traffickers recruit jailed women for prostitution, America’s outcasts: the women trapped in a cruel cycle of exploitation

For the past 18 months The Guardian has been investigating the role of the criminal justice system in feeding vulnerable women into America’s thriving domestic sex trafficking industry. With unique access in Florida, Massachusetts and Chicago, the film follows the stories of women caught in the trap of criminal exploitation and incarceration and those trying to stop some of America’s most vulnerable women from falling under the control of human traffickers. Including encounters in Texas with convicted human traffickers and correctional officers who expose the faultlines that are allowing women to be released from prison straight into the arms of pimps and sex-buyers.

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