Seattle victims of sex trafficking speak out in film

A new film available to stream this week gives voice to the victims of the hidden world of Seattle child sex trafficking.

Seattle journalist Tim Matsui, who has covered human sex trafficking in Cambodia, in 2012 and 2013 turned his lens on the personal stories inside the Seattle domestic sex trafficking and teenage prostitution.

“The Long Night,” released online on Monday, focuses on child trafficking through the stories of two teenage girls, Natalie and Lisa, who were forced into prostitution in the Seattle area.

Matsui filmed the documentary in 2012 and 2013 around Seattle after receiving a photojournalism grant from the Alexia Foundation. The project grew to a documentary as he earned trust of the victims, their families and police and others who aim to stop it.

The documentary has received attention nationally on MSNBC, the New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Local coverage included a Wednesday video chat with Matsui by The Seattle Times. The discussion also included Mar Smith Brettman, founder of Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), and Robert Beiser, executive director of Seattle Against Slavery, two organizations that combat domestic and international human sex trafficking. Matsui also recently spoke with the SeattlePI.com about the challenges of making the film.

The film is available to watch for free at http://www.thelongnightmovie.com/

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