Human trafficking movie review: Groomed, a short film about human trafficking grooming
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REVIEW: Award-winning “Groomed” short film about human trafficking

Groomed earned the Best “Justice – Slavery and Rescue” Award at the Content2020 Film Festival and Media Summit


Cost: Free. 

Duration: ~30 minutes.

Description from YouTube: “Every day, everywhere, hundreds of thousands of children are being ‘groomed.’ Will you be prepared when traffickers try to target you or your loved ones? Know the signs and apply them. Usually its not ‘if,’ but ‘when?’ The answer is usually within hours or days of a child using online social platforms. Most never tell their parents. Contact Missionariesforhope on Facebook to talk about a presentation at your school or organization. This film is the beginning, may it spark action. Please share because this message has LITERALLY saved children from falling into the life-destroying pit of human trafficking. Every like and subscription helps the algorithm to spread this message to more people. Who knows… maybe YOUR share will strike a chord in someone who is at risk of the same dangers.”

Review: Check out the embedded video below for a watchalong.

Great resource for parents and kids. Not overblown or too “preachy.” I felt like it was a story you could identify with easily. I want to provide it to our students somehow. Maybe we can include it in our upcoming high school course. 

Language support: Video is in English with auto-generated subtitles.

Additional Resources: There are no downloadable resources.

Link to original video: Click here.

Link to Content2020 Film Festival award page. Click here.

“Watchalong” review

You’re not imagining it… there’s an echo at the beginning, whenever I’m watching the video AND my live mic is on, it caused the echo. I figured it out later, so please forgive me, because I didn’t want to go back and try to re-record this with my same level of emotional reaction. 

More details

Learn more about the film, Groomed, here.

Learn more about the director, Travis Plunkett, here.

Learn more about the very real problem of grooming in this article from Polaris.

The cast of Groomed – a short film made to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Stephanie Clawson (center), from Missionaries for Hope, wants the film, Groomed, to be seen by as many people as possible.
Human trafficking movie: Groomed, a short film about human trafficking grooming. Travis Plunkett Film "Groomed" - Awards and Credits
Travis Plunkett Film "Groomed" - Awards and Credits

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  1. Good day,
    This is Travis Plunkett, the film maker of Groomed.
    What an honor that you featured the film in your blog – it will help further the film! If you haven’t already reached out to Stephanie Clawson, a founder of Missionaries for Hope, I would advise making the connection. You can email her at [email protected]. She is great and she travels, educating all kinds of people about the grooming process. I am also pleased to be connected with you and present Groomed, hoping for it to reach many more schools, churches, etc.

    Lord willing, we will do more film work fighting human trafficking. At that point, I hope to have a larger team of experts and helpers. This film was made with virtually no budget – it’s an amazing story of how God pulled it all together.

    Travis Plunkett

  2. Hello Travis! Thank you so much for your work!

    I have reached out to Stephanie at that email (as well as her “info” email), but haven’t heard back yet. I’m sure she’s just busy. She and I are in a group together, but I don’t think we’ve met in person.

    What I want to do is make a “home” for the film with y’all’s permission. I am particularly affected by anything educational with regard to grooming because that was happening to my kids and luckily they came to us with their concerns before it escalated. It’s a long story, but what’s important is that there are a few good resources now.

    Groomed is a phenomenal piece, and I’ll say it… it’s far better than most everything I have seen, and certainly the *best* I have seen as a standalone piece.

    I would be proud to help publicize it however I can, including doing an interview with you over Zoom if you’re up for it.

    I’ll email you about that.

    Thank you for your contribution to this fight!

    Billy Joe

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