Jacob’s Story – Trafficker to Rescuer

Jacob’s Story is a mini-documentary about a man that once made his living by trafficking women & children for the purposes of commercial sex. It talks briefly about how pornography also fuels the demand for trafficking and how trafficked girls were used for the filming and production of pornography.

Jacob worked as a trafficker for a crime syndicate in Johannesburg South Africa. We decided to release his story because of how raw it is. In this film, he speaks openly about his work as a brothel manager and he explains how syndicates all over the world operate as they exploit the weak and powerless. Most importantly, you’ll hear about the life transformation that’s taken place in Jacob’s life.

From trafficker to rescuer.

Jacob’s Story from Unearthed on Vimeo.

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  • Cinematography: Derek Hammeke & Tony Anderson
  • Producer: Tony Anderson
  • Editing, Color, Motion: Austin Upchurch
  • Original Score: AJ Hochhalter (Listen Design Studio)
  • Additional Music: Jonsi & Alex (Stokkseyri)
  • Sound Design & Audio Mix: Tony Anderson | Logic Pro
  • Additional B-Roll: Jordan West
  • Cameras: Canon 7D, Canon 5D MkII, Sony EX1s, 70/200mm, 10/20mm, 50mm, 16/35mm


*Names and locations have been altered to protect Jacob and his family.

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