In the Fall of 2010 a young photographer from Guatemala went to the border of Nicaragua and Costa Rica to investigate the issue of child prostitution. He ended up meeting a 17 year old boy who had been in prostitution since he was 12 years old. This experience sparked a passion in him to start a documentary project that would expose the reality of human trafficking and prostitution in Central America, as well as bring hope for an escape from this injustice that so many are trapped in.
Twelve months later, his vision was shared and embraced by 4 other passionate young people, and as a team, they have come together to use film and photography to show the face of prostitution across Central America. This group of five came to know one another doing mission work in San Jose, Costa Rica, and represent the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the United States.
The goal is to reveal a story in each country of Central America that will bring awareness to the region about the truth behind prostitution, trafficking, and child exploitation in their own communities, but even more, to capture testimonies of redemption and hope from real people that have been enslaved and broken so that the people of these countries will rise up with a desire to bring justice. They want to mobilize the people of Central America to give a voice to the hopeless and bring hope to the broken.
In November 2011, the team traveled to Nicaragua to film the first part of their documentary by telling the story of women and young girls who had been rescued and brought to a safe house in Nicaragua's capital, Managua. The women had been taken from the streets and the team met girls as young as 5 years old who had been sold into prostitution, but are now rediscovering their hope and worth. After 12 days in Nicaragua, the team continued on to Honduras to finish the year of 2011 capturing more devastating, and inspiring stories of all types of people involved in the sex trade.
The early months of 2012 brought new discoveries in the countries of Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica and the team is currently editing the full documentary in hopes of releasing and presenting it throughout all of Central America in 2013.