trickedThere are more people in involuntary captivity now than in any other time of our nation’s history. In other words, there is more slavery and human trafficking taking place than ever before. How can this be? This seems like such an outrageous concept to me, I had thought (hoped) that we, as humans, have evolved a bit more than I’m giving us credit for I guess as evidenced by this documentary…

Tricked dives into the world of human trafficking and more specifically how people are forced into sex slavery. Several cities are examined including Las Vegas and Denver among other locations. The topic is shown from several different angles including from the women that were forced into these positions, their families, the police, the johns and the pimps. Some of the pimps are surprisingly cavalier about how they view the women as commodities rather than humans. Their ignorance and cruelty pushed me to the point where I wanted to jump in there and just punch them right in the mouth; some of them were just truly loathsome people (if they really classified as people at all).

The stories are shocking. I know at first for me, it was hard to imagine how someone got “forced” into this kind of a position. I mean, why not just run away? It turns out, it’s not that simple. Threats against their families are made by the pimps as they really take time to get to know their victims and then work to exploit weaknesses and put the girls in a position where they think there’s no hope and no escape. They fear for their own lives and the lives of their loved ones.

The frustration of the police is evident too as they’re forced to arrest the women but the pimps and the johns tend to not be pursued with the same vigor, if at all. I would think the other way around would be more effective, that sentiment was echoed by the police officers involved as well. Either way, our system here is broken as confirmed by the interviews throughout the doc.

Tricked is a great resource for learning more about this disturbing problem, a problem that’s being tragically ignored and dismissed as being unimportant. If you think that way, take a look at this film and tell me if you think the families and the victims of this issue find it “unimportant”.

reviewed by Sean McKnight