Girls as young as 8 years old, and younger, are being trafficked into the sex trade industry. Here in the U.S., between 300,000 and 400,000 children are at risk every day.
In California, and the Bay Area especially, we have some of the highest rates of sex trafficking in the country.
We wanted to understand how this all happens. We ventured to International Boulevard, right in our backyard, to uncover the truth behind the commercial sexual exploitation of children throughout our city, and more importantly; the world.
18 year old Rebecca Dharmapalan won 2nd place in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Awards for “International Boulevard”, a documentary about child sex trafficking in her California hometown of Oakland.
Hear her story, and how the results of creating this film catapulted her into a youth leadership position in the Mayor’s office and framed her future as activist committed to eradicating child sex trafficking in Oakland and around the world.