Still from Blind Eyes Opened documentary film
January 1, 2020

Blind Eyes Opened: America has a massive sex trafficking epidemic

One of the problems encountered in the movement to end sexual exploitation is the fact that many people—most people, perhaps—aren’t aware of the problem, let alone the size of the problem. Even if and when they are aware of the problem, a common assumption is that sex trafficking is a problem “somewhere else.” Blind Eyes Opened, a new documentary film set to be in theaters for a one-night event on January 23, wants to help dispel that myth and move the American people to take action.

It’s a noble and worthy goal. And they certainly have their work cut out for them.

One of the crucial elements that makes Blind Eyes Opened a particularly important movie is the way it also undercuts misinformation about the way sex trafficking is perpetrated.

You may have seen one (or twenty) of the many urban legend-esque social media posts making the rounds and frightening parents with melodramatic accounts of children being ripped from their parents’ arms and bagged in broad daylight in the middle of a grocery store. But, as the movie explains, that’s not the way sex traffickers usually operate. Reality is actually much more sinister, as their methods for grooming victims tend to be ominously subtle.

Elsewhere, Blind Eyes Opened will explore other areas of concern that connect into and out of sex trafficking. All told, the film is a challenging look at a devastating crisis that America cannot afford to continue to ignore.

Blind Eyes Opened will be in theaters for one night only on January 23, 2020 and you can find tickets at a theater near you here.

Jake Roberson

headshot of Jake Roberson

Director of Communications

As the director of communications and being in charge of creative and digital strategy, Jake’s work with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is to expose and subvert the complex web of sexual exploitation’s interconnectivity by leveraging digital mediums as a means for developing relevant tactics to reach, engage, convert, develop, and activate new allies for the fight to end sexual exploitation in all its forms.

Prior to his work with NCOSE, Jake spent five years running social media strategy for a large international nonprofit where he led content and marketing efforts that generated over $22 million in ROI from earned media value in the social media space, ideated creative campaign concepts that raised over $6 million in donations, brought in six figures worth of donation revenue from Facebook alone during his last three fiscal quarters there, and turned social media into one of the organization’s top three most-used resources.

When his work-life balance is well-balanced, Jake spends his time with his wife and four children attempting to convince them to enjoy his favorite hobbies (pickup sports, pop culture, and podcasting) in the few spare moments that aren’t filled with tending to their dreams, passions, and fights over who established possession over the toy first.

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