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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 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