Anti-trafficking film

Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, a 33-year-old Jain Monk and Iraq War veteran, has directed her first film, “Stopping Traffic,” which spotlights human trafficking. ( photo)

Today, with the instant reach of social media and the explosion in cyber-porn, a child sex slave can be purchased online and delivered to a customer more quickly than a pizza, believes Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, a North American Jain female-monk, author, social activist and Iraq War veteran. And to highlight the extent of this menace, and inspire viewers to join in the movement to seek an end to human trafficking, she has directed her first documentary, “Stopping Traffic.”

The documentary investigates the international crisis of human sex trafficking, particularly of minors, from a deeply personal point of view.

It traces the links among child sexual abuse, child-focused cyber-porn, prostitution, and the enormously lucrative market for cyber and in-person sex trafficking. Child sexual abuse and sex trafficking survivors feature in the film alongside veteran activists, with additional commentary from social service agents, academics, and young activists.

With a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Long Beach, and a background in web development, marketing, video production, and book publishing, Shree spreads the teachings of her spiritual mentor, Acharya Shree Yogeesh.

Shree, 33, took her vows in 2008 and helped establish the Siddhayatan Tirth Spiritual Retreat that same year in Windom, Texas, where she now resides, serving as the ashram’s spiritual director.

The film has opened to positive reviews and has won several awards, including the ‘Best Picture’ and grand jury award at the 2017 Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston, the ‘Best Educational’ film award at the 2017 Alaska International Film Awards, and the ‘Bronze Palm Award’ at the Mexico International Film Festival. 

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