In the southern state of Georgia – in many conversations a place still referred to as the Bible belt – 7,200 men have sex with adolescent girls each month, leaving Atlanta with the dishonorable distinction and designation by the federal authorities as one of the most significant hubs for child sex trafficking in the U.S. According to the U.S. Justice Department, 40% of those sex trafficking victims are black girls and the average age a girl gets involved in prostitution is 13. The $39 billion sex trafficking industry has taken hundreds of thousands of young American girls – daughters, sisters, nieces and cousins – and forced them into prostitution.
Kiss the Limit Productions’ president and CEO Shandra McDonald-Buford had never imagined any children that she had a vested interest in being swept into the dangerous world of sex trafficking until she met a stripper on Craig’s List during her search for some writing opportunities. Prompted by this discovery, the award-winning producer of projects that have aired on ABC, NBC, UPN, Showtime and CBS, McDonald-Buford created an experienced team to develop Hands Off This Girl, a narrative web series about the pandemic of prostituted children.
Research for McDonald-Buford includes trips to strip clubs with the sex trafficking ministry of World Changers International Church. Recently, McDonald-Buford hosted “A Look Through Our Lens” photo exhibition about sex trafficking in Georgia at The Space (inside Tula Art Gallery). The fight is just beginning. –yvette caslin
Visit their channel on YouTube for stunning testimonies from team members and partners about why they are committed to developing this series, which will be a tool in the fight against sex trafficking.
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