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NCJ Number: 229254 Find in a Library
Title: Shadow Over the Region
Author(s): Luis Gamboa; Bente Sorensen
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: International Labour Office
CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland
US Dept of Labor
Washington, DC 20210
Sale Source: International Labour Office
4, route des Morillons
CH-1211 Geneva 22,
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: Switzerland
Annotation: This VHS video tape is a documentary that uses narration, environmental images, and victim comments to portray the commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth living in the poverty-stricken areas of Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Abstract: This documentary first portrays the environments that place these children at risk for trafficking to the United States for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Narration accompanies images of poverty and family abuse in areas of Central America and the Dominican Republic in order to show why these children are responsive to traffickers' promises of a better life in America. Instead, they become commercial sexual objects for pornography, prostitution, and sexual abuse by their handlers and even corrupt police whom the victims turn to for help. The documentary consists largely of victims' descriptions of their physical and sexual abuse, as well as their emotional abuse. The intent of the video is to present a frank and accurate description of what is happening to these young victims, so that nations singly and in cooperation will act to counter the conditions that spawn desperate children and attract criminal groups that abuse and exploit them for personal appetites and financial gain.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Adolescent abuse; Adolescent victims; Adolescents at risk; Central America; Child Pornography; Child Sexual Abuse; Children at risk; Dominican Republic; Juvenile prostitution; Pornography; Poverty and crime; Prostitution across international borders; Prostitution causes; Social conditions; Trafficking in Persons; Victimization risk
Note: VHS video, 16 minutes
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