Newcastle filmmaker Ben Randall has released a trailer for his feature-length documentary Sisters for Sale, an epic journey to rescue his friends and reveal the true extent and devastation of human trafficking.
The Newcastle Herald reported last year that Mr Randall had set off in 2013 on an epic search across Asia to find 100 people he had photographed five years earlier and bring attention to the monstrous crime of human trafficking.
His mission, which spanned 10 months, 10 countries and 40,000 kilometres, became known as The Human, Earth Project.
Along the way he set himself the near impossible task of finding two young Hmong girls he had met while travelling through the mountainous regions of Vietnam in 2010.
The 16-year-old girls, known only as M and P, had been kidnapped and trafficked across the border into China to be sold as wives.
His incredible journey to contact, find and meet with two girls lost among a country of 1.357billion people is one of persistence and courage and will be featured in his documentary, which is due to be released in mid-2016.
”Women of the region find themselves caught between a violent custom and a vicious criminal underworld, trapped by poverty and political forces they do not understand,” a description of the film says.
“They are betrayed, stolen and sold across the border in their thousands, as brides and prostitutes for Chinese men.
“With an intimate, guerrilla-style production, Ben's investigation must remain hidden from extensive human trafficking networks embedded within the local communities.
“A stroke of luck leads him from the remote mountain villages of Vietnam to the modern mega cities of China, where he ultimately succeeds in contacting, locating and meeting with both M and a second trafficked friend.
“Still teenagers, both young women have given birth in China, and each now faces a decision no mother should ever have to make: the choice between her child and her freedom.
“As Ben struggles to find a solution for his friends, he is drawn ever deeper into the complex world of human trafficking, and realises that his journey has only just begun.”
For more information visit: www.humanearth.net