For those who know me and follow my film blog My Journey into Film, I have been working on a film since 2011 on sexual violence. It has evolved from rape to forced rape for profit know as the sex trade/trafficking. While having a conversation with my friend and Tampa filmmaker Marcus Kempton, I came up with the plot and story for the new film. My film also covers combat veterans returning for the wars and the issues they face, like PTSD and the horrors they bring back with them. These subjects are very important to me, for I am a veteran and have many friends who suffer from PTSD and other issues. The sex trade issue because I find it to be one of the most detestable things I think of. I have an unhealthy, no kidding, hatred towards pimps and sex traffickers. I also almost went to prison while working on this project because I tried to do the right thing but went about it the wrong way.
The reason behind me sacrificing so much time and emotion is to save kids, women and vets. I believe I can actually make and impact on these issues by creating awareness and start an honest conversation about these serious topics. This is why the marketing and distribution of this film is imperative. That is the reason why I write about this so much, and this is where you can help. Spread the word about this project and repost these blog post on your social media platforms and send these posts to your friends.
Now my interest in the sex trade was sparked in 2004 when I heard an interview done on NPR’s radio program “Fresh Air” about a expose that the writer Peter Landsman called the “Girls Next Store” for the New York Times Magazine. Of all the interviews I have ever heard on Fresh Air, this one has stuck with me. I also have been following the of Brook Bello who is an actress and founder of More to Life.
I feel really passionate ending the sex trafficking in America, but it is going to take the citizens to demand the our government does all it can do to end it. Now that being said, there is a lot being done, but we have a ways to go and we must keep pressure up and hold politicians accountable. I live in a state, Florida, where state government has and is doing a lot, but there is more work to be done.
Why combat veteran issues? Well for one thing, I am a retired United States Paratrooper who served in the 82nd Airborne Division. I was Airborne Infantry which means I was one of the most elite soldiers in the world, my job was to jump in to a country and lead men into combat. So, when it comes to those who did the fighting and killing I feel I have to tell their story. The war is not over for them, and they live with it everyday for the rest of their lives. It is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide everyday, and it is a issue we need to address. My film deals with the psychological issues that face our veterans.