MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
My name is Jeanet Ingalls. I was a sexually trafficked child in the Philippines, as a toddler, by my mother who was a ‘prostitute.’ After 30 years of nightmares, post -traumatic stress and denial I am not only ready to tell my story, I must tell it. For the 1.5 to 2 million children each year whom are subjected to rape, sexual abuse, kidnapping, starvation, forced labor and forced prostitution. I must for all who think there is little or nothing anyone can do.
I was adopted by an American missionary couple, when I was 7. My adopted “mom and dad” brought me to one of the most beautiful and privileged areas of the United States. Today I am an artist, a single mother, a personal trainer and Founding President of Shout Out Loud Productions. Out of my good fortune has been born a deep sense of obligation and responsibility to help other children.
The real life story of trafficked children told by a fellow victim is painfully intimate. The rare case of survival suggests hope. The story, my story is real, is important and is a clear call to action. This project, the first phase of an in depth, close up documentary goes way beyond that of an objective journalist. It begins in my heart, delves into the real life stories of the babies being sold into slavery for sex and explores the corruption and denial that allows it to be a thriving business today.
WHY WE WANT TO MAKE THIS FILM
We all know the brutal and staggering statistics. The United Nations Commission documents that 1.5 to 2 million children each year are subjected to rape, sexual abuse, kidnapping, starvation, forced labor and forced prostitution. President Obama stated that trafficking “…is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.” Sexual trafficking in the Philippines is the fourth largest source of income in the Gross National Product. 300,000 sexual tourists come from Japan alone every year. 25% of all sexual tourists worldwide come from the United States.
Join me in this very personal journey back to the invisible world of forced child prostitution where victims longingly observe the “normal kids” through a one way looking glass. Help us as we turn the lens on the reality of sex trafficking in a deep commitment to mobilizing compassion and saving lives.
The first stage of our work is doing research, making the contacts in the Philippines, and visiting the places in Cagyan D’Oro where I grew up. Film cameras will be rolling constantly.
We will visit the areas where my friends and I robbed, pick-pocketed, waded in polluted drainage canals looking for coins, ate out of garbage cans, carried cement blocks for money and did anything else to be able to survive.
From the footage in the Philippines, we will craft a 10 minutes sample of our proposed feature length documentary which we will then use to raise the funds for production. We have already lined up with local people and leaders who share our commitment.
Be a part of our effort to save not just one little girl, like I was, but thousands. Support a committed crew of skilled videographers, caring adults and film professionals who are willing to stand up to the monsters and say, “No more!” Help me tell my story and in the process “Shout Out Loud” that sex trafficking of children all over the world must stop NOW. The film is the first step in establishing a foundation that will advocate for children’s rights.
In the two minutes it’s taken you to read these few paragraphs, another child has been sold into sex slavery.
WHERE WE ARE AND WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Jeanet’s childhood haunted her. Like many victims, she could barely talk about her childhood and in fact, was filled with shame. She realized that she was one of the lucky ones. She got out and the only way for her to overcome her past is to tell her story on behalf of the children everywhere that did not and let her voice become their voice.
We’ve all heard of the term PTSD*, but how many of us know what it really means? For the victim, the rape, coercion, sexual abuse, kidnapping, violence, shame, humiliation and physical abuse sometimes never end.
75% of victims of sexual trafficking suffer from PTSD: a complex of symptoms and behaviors including complex trauma, depression, anxiety, self-hatred, substance abuse, despair, somatic ailments and are at risk for self-destructive and risk-taking behaviors as well as re-victimization, difficulty with interpersonal and intimate relationships, anxiety disorders, mood and dissociative disorders.
The documentary will feature, Jeanet as she revisits the small city in the Philippines where she was trafficked as a child; confronting the memories, interviewing family members, other trafficked children, and the care workers, trying to save and extract the current generation of trafficked children; along with survivor advocates. She will be accompanied by cinematographer Richard Sands; who will use the trip to research her life as a child and other survivors.
Jeanet still experiences PTSD 30 years later: “Either everyday or sporadic as natures moods, it’s a residue that never leaves but can erode in ones body. And yet, like nature I can only filter these feelings… I think it is important to show how one continues to live and deal with PTSD. This documentary can help create change and empower those who have been effected. I strongly feel that I don’t want to tell this story when I am old or dying, but while I am still living and breathing. To be present and to take action.”… Jeanet