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Trafficked – Children as Sexual Slaves 3/6/07

South Suffolk Chapter
National Organization for Women

Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at 7:45 PM

A Women’s History Month Program on International Trafficking

and Discussion

at the

Bay Shore Public Library
on Montauk Highway (Enter by Rear Door)

 “Trafficked…” is a powerful, new documentary providing insights into the international sex trade, the global problem of using women and children for prostitution. 

The story follows Chris Payne, a former police officer turned private detective, who is investigating the case of ‘Nikkie’, a young Thai girl who was found working in a brothel in
Sydney and hastily deported. His quest to learn how she was forced into a brothel and what became of her led him to
Asia, where he met the parents of another Thai “sex slave,” who died in an immigration detention center.

 The United Nations estimates that more than one million children are forced into sexual slavery each year. 

The viewing of “Trafficked…” will be followed by a discussion with audience participation.                 


For info, call
S. Suffolk NOW at (631) 435-1896 or (631) 581-5179

Highly Recommended. In the end, this individual story is multiplied by the thousands for all the young girls who are sold, recruited, or abducted and then transported across international boundaries and forced into a life of prostitution or sex services. The filming and editing of this video is excellent. Highly recommended for viewers from high school to adult and for the libraries who serve them. ” Educational Media Reviews Online

Biography – Luigi AcquistoDirector/co-producer/co-writer Luigi Acquisto has worked as a documentary and drama filmmaker since 1986, when he topped the graduating class at the Swinburne School of Film and Television.  His final year film, Spaventapasseri, which dealt with the experience of migration, won awards at the Melbourne and St Kilda Film Festivals, and was shown at international festivals including London, Edinburgh, Clemond, Ferrand and Tyneside.  It was also nominated for four AFI Awards. 

Hi drama credits include the feature film Hungry Heart (1987) and the television drama The Chase (1993), an episode of the critically acclaimed anthology series Under the Skin. In 1987 he made his first documentary You Jump, You Fly, an episode of the Australian Mosaic series for SBS Television.  The following year he co-directed A Change of Face, a three-part documentary series challenging representations of Australian identity on the screen.  The series is regarded as a benchmark in Australian television.  Since then Acquisto has directed many documentaries including Postcards from Italy (1990), about ex-patriot Australians in
Italy such as Jeffrey Smart and David Malouf.  In 1997 he completed the documentaries Terra Incognita from RAI International and Big Bag’s Japanese Adventure for ABC Television. 

In 2000 Acquisto completed the critically acclaimed five-part documentary series Once Were Monks for Film
  He wrote, directed and produced the series.  This was followed by East Timor – Birth of a Nation in 2002.  It was made for Film
Australia’s National Interest program and ABC Television.  Acquisto wrote, directed and produced this two-part series.  Episode one, “
Rosa’s Story” won the major award at the 2002 Real Life on Film Festival and was nominated for an unprecedented five AFI Awards. In 2004 he produced and directed The Life & Times of Malcolm Fraser which was an FFC/SBSi Accord documentary.   

He has just completed The Shearers, a four-part documentary series the he also produced and directed.  Currently, Acquisto is working as writer, director and producer on a four-part documentary series for SBSi and Film
Victoria’s Network Dox initiative. 

Biography – Stella ZammataroCo-producer After completing a post-graduate degree in media studies, Stella Zammataro co-founded Abracadabra Films with Luigi Acquisto in 1994.  She immediately co-produced Terra Incognita for RAI International, Italy, and was also associate producer of Big Bag’s Japanese Adventure the story of a Geelong band’s tour of
Japan for ABC Television.  She then went on to produce a five-part documentary series entitled Once Were Monks, about a group of Catholic clergy living in the heart of
Melbourne for SBS Television.  This was followed by the award winning East Timor – Birth of a Nation which screened on ABC Television.  Zammataro co-produced and co-researched this two-part series.  In 2004 she produced The Life & Times of Malcolm Fraser for SBSi.   

More recently Zammataro completed producing The Shearers, about a sheep shearing school in
Tasmania for ABC Television.
  She is about to commence filming a four-part documentary series called singles Club, about a not-for-profit singles club based in Melbourne for SBS Television. Biography – Chris PayneCo-writer 

Chris Payne was an Australian Federal Police officer from 1978 to 1997.  He was the first Australian law enforcement officer to discover the existence of sex slavery in this country.  His investigations led to the realisation that hundreds of women were being trafficked from Asia to
Sydney to work in brothels.  Payne started the AFP’s Operation Paper Tiger in the early 1990s to combat the problem.  He left the Federal Police in 1997, disillusioned that Operation paper Tiger had been shut down.  He continues to campaign in the media for an end to sex trafficking and sex slavery in

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