Indoctrinated: The Grooming of Our Children Into Prostitution

A Film by Legacy Productions / James Anthony Ellis

(National Human Trafficking Hotline - Call 1-888-373-7888 24 hours a day.)

In motion now - a campaign to have the film translated into Spanish
, with promotions planned for sponsor(s) that come forth.

"I have two girls at home. This film scared the crap out of me. This film could make a huge difference in your lives and the lives of your children."   
        - Lieutenant Eric Thunberg, Chula Vista Police

"This film is a reality check for those of you who live in the world with your eyes shut."
        - Corporal Colleen Stanich, National City Police  

"This is a must see for parents, and students in middle school and high school.”
        - Brian Beck, father of a youth victim of sex trafficking

"We wanted to create a film for both teens and parents, so both could know the risks and act accordingly."
          - Jim Ellis, Filmmaker

PROBLEM: UNICEF reports that 2 children per minute are trafficked for sexual exploitation in the world! Each year 100,000 teens in the United States fall victim to a sex industry that takes advantage of minors under the age of 18. Locally, the FBI has identified the San Diego region as a “High Intensity Child Prostitution Area.” 

CAUSE: Lack of awareness - by teens and parents - of the recruitment tactics of pimps and gangs who are luring, grooming and indoctrinating our children into a lifestyle they do not truly choose.

SOLUTION: A short film that will be shown in middle schools, high schools and community forums throughout San Diego and then the nation! Equip parent and child with what they need to protect themselves.

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ABOUT THE FILM                                                                                                            

“Indoctrinated: The Grooming of Our Children Into Prostitution” - a 33-minute documentary sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education – uncovers the scope and destructive nature of child sex trafficking and teaches parents and youth ways to protect the girls and the community. The film does so by revealing the tactics used by pimps and gangs to recruit, groom, psychologically coerce and indoctrinate victims into a life of sexual exploitation and violence … a life that no one would ever choose. 

"Indoctrinated" is a documentary film aimed at preventing child sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in San Diego County. The film features powerful stories from youth survivors of sex trafficking and their parents, as well as interviews with victim service providers, law enforcement, and federal and local prosecutors.

“Indoctrinated" illustrates the reality behind the commercial sexual exploitation of youth in San Diego County. With a focus on stories from previously prostituted youth, the film provides audiences with a true understanding of the impact on communities, families, and victims. Indoctrinated also features several interviews from local service providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and parents. 

Legacy Productions has partnered with the San Diego County Office of Education and the ACTION Network to produce the film and develop an accompanying study guide. It is our intent to provide school staff, community providers, youth, and parents with the DVD and study guide as an educational tool, which can be made part of existing prevention services. 

The film will be screened by accredited facilitators at parent/child forums, at middle-school assemblies, and governmental agencies, with the knowing that this awareness will bring a change - as it curbs and then eliminates the reality of our children being lured, enticed or kidnapped and then prostituted right here on our own streets. 

The San Diego Union Tribune printed a great article about the screening of the film.  See it HERE

PURPOSE / GOALS                                                                                                          

  • To educate youth and families of the luring, recruitment and indoctrination process of prostituted children
  • To increase awareness of the violence that impacts sexually exploited youth
  • To bring hope for our community in ridding this epidemic from our own streets


Next Screening - There have been over a couple dozen screenings of the film throughout San Diego county and the nation, the premiere being held on December 6, 2012 at a sold-out USD hall. Future Screenings, click HERE


A copy of the film and study guide is available through the San Diego County Office of Education. The study guide outlines how to host your own screening for both parents and teens.
A form is below. Please complete all sections and e-mail to aestar@sdcoe.net or fax to (858) 569-5499, attention Aida Estrella. The cost is $8.00.

Your order will be processed once payment is received.

Checks made payable to San Diego Superintendent of Schools at 6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 315, San Diego, CA 92111.
It is critical that students, parents, and community members gain awareness and learn valuable resources available to them. The study guide provides recommended lessons for facilitator’s use with students, parents, and prevention practitioners.


Indoctrinated DVD Request Form.pdf