"The Trafficked Life" in Kern County

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 02:28:16-05

Human trafficking is a problem that filmmaker Michael Fagans says cannot be ignored any longer.

Fagens decided to make the film "The Trafficked Life - Rescued, Restored and Redeemed" after a conversation he had with a woman who worked on Union, she was a licensed medical technician.

The film highlights labor and sex trafficking in the county. 130 cases were reported in 2015 and 44 of those were minors. The average age for a girl forced into sex trafficking is 12.

Diana Cisneros is a survivor who was trafficked by her father. She says it wasn't until she took a health class in high school that she realized something was wrong.

The filmmaker wants the community to be on the lookout for signs. Signs of human trafficking include, a person living in fear, seeing a lot of men go in and out of hotel rooms and barbed wire facing in towards a business.

In the next few weeks the coalition will be doing sweeps of local businesses making sure they all have public notices regarding slavery and human trafficking in case anyone needs help.

If you do see anything suspicious or you need help call the national human trafficking resource center at 1-888-3737-888.