PLAYGROUND: THE CHILD SEX TRADE IN AMERICA

PLAYGROUND takes an unflinching look at child sexual exploitation and trafficking in America. Intercutting interviews with Ernie Allen, former president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the late Judge Sanford “Sammy” Jones, Former Chief Judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, and other experts, the film unfolds as a search for Michelle, an everyday American girl who was lost to the underbelly of sexual exploitation as a child and has yet to resurface a decade late.
Challenging the notion that the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children is limited to back-alley brothels in developing countries, the documentary feature film, PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America traces the phenomenon to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, roots — among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown.

PLAYGROUND includes interviews with Ernie Allen, former president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the late Judge Sanford “Sammy” Jones, Former Chief Judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, and other experts, and unfolds as a search for Michelle, an everyday American girl who was lost to the underbelly of sexual exploitation as a child and has yet to resurface a decade late.
Executive Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Abigail Disney, Lauren Embrey, Gayle Embrey, Arden Wohl, Tracy & Matt Smith, and Steven Soderbergh.

Original artwork by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, and animation by Heather Bursch.

Music by: Bjork, Radiohead, Chris Martin, Blonde Redhead, Cat Power, Sigur Rós, CocoRosie, Basement Jaxx, DJ Shadow, Kazu Makino, Masato Suzuki.

"PLAYGROUND is so effective because it not only tells the poignant story of an individual sex trafficking victim, but the film also masterfully illustrates both the wide-spread reach of this crime and the urgent need for action. In doing so, PLAYGROUND has provided critical momentum to the effort to pass my federal legislation to help victims escape sex trafficking and to prosecute those who brutally exploit these young victims.”

- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

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Watch PLAYGROUND at home to learn more about sexual exploitation and trafficking in America. Every download and dvd purchase supports Nest’s prevention education programs!

Please note that this is for private home viewing. To learn how to host a screening for your community, see below.

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Watch PLAYGROUND at home to learn more about sexual exploitation and trafficking in America. Every download and dvd purchase supports Nest’s prevention education programs!

Please note that this is for private home viewing. To learn how to host a screening for your community, see below.

hosting a screening

Screening hosts around the country have brought PLAYGROUND to their campuses, churches, and community centers to motivate public engagement and action that will help end child sexual exploitation. By organizing a screening and assembling a panel of experts and educators, you can help bring awareness about child sexual exploitation to your friends and neighbors and encourage candid conversations about local steps we can take better support and protect our children. Whether it’s supporting the funding of a shelter, getting the word out about an organization in your community, or pushing forward legislative action, PLAYGROUND screening events create an opportunity to share powerful calls to action.

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The Film Today

Since the film’s release, PLAYGROUND has been a powerful tool at awareness raising events, conferences, and training sessions around the country. Our team has participated in hearings on Capitol Hill, partnered with organizations to raise money for shelters, and supported agencies and advocates alike as part of the growing movement to end sexual violence against children once and for all. Responding to calls from audience members up and down the country, our team is now focusing our efforts on prevention. Working with innovative curricula designers and a board of Academic Advisors, our team is currently piloting the Nest Prevention Education Program that brings a lesson plan to high school students and training sessions to teachers, counselors and other school staff.

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JESSICA'S STORY

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At Nest, we continue to create media to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation and trafficking and in 2014, Libby Spears, Nest’s Executive Director, was selected to direct a short film for Gucci’s Chime For Change concert event in London. The final piece, JESSICA’S STORY, was introduced by Jada Pinkett Smith and screened in London for 50,000 audience members and broadcast on the BBC for millions across the work. The concert raised $3.9 million dollars to support projects in the three key focus areas of the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign: Education, Health and Justice.

Eight years ago, Jessica escaped the nightmare of sexual abuse and trafficking that she'd lived in since she was just six years old. As one of hundreds of thousands of children who are sex trafficked in the United States, Jessica had few visible resources to turn to as she sought escape. Limited help and significant stigma contributed to her protracted nightmare so when she finally got out, she knew she had to help other girls do the same.

Now in her twenties, Jessica is rebuilding her life and supporting girls and women at a Los Angeles based organization that provides resources to survivors of abuse and trafficking. Watch as she shares her story with artist and activist Lydia Emily, who paints a large mural on a forthcoming community center in LA's infamous Skid Row to capture Jessica's spirit and resilience. In a community where the sexual violence of women and girls has become routine, this piece serves as a beacon of hope and empowerment.