Cannot run away by Molenaar, Hillie & Wijk, Joop van
The number of sex trafficking victims is startling: reportedly something like 50,000. This documentary explores the plight of these girls in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan.
While prostitution is (in certain circumstances) legal in several of those countries, none of them condone slavery. The filmmaker not only interviews the victims of this chicanery, but also puts local officials on the spot, inquiring why this has been allowed to go on. Eventually, the director took the information she gathered in making this film and saw to it that the Filipino man who headed up the racket was prosecuted for his many crimes.
Cannot runaway was selected for the IDFA competition, nominated for the Golden Calf in Utrecht, and shown around the world at a number of prestigious filmfestivals - Leningrad (toen nog Leningrad) special mention Marseille, Finland, Japan, New York Human Rights Film festival, Freiburg. The film was also sold and aired internationally in several countries - Finland, Belgie, Zweden, Israel, USA, Canada, and Japan.