Hear Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories from Nebraska on NET Documentary

News Release Date: 
January 20, 2017

For Immediate Release
Hear Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories from Nebraska on NET Documentary

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 20, 2017) – Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Nebraska women and children are sold for sex each year.

In the second of two NET news documentaries on sex trafficking in Nebraska, “Sold for Sex: Survivor Stories” shares the painful, personal stories of three women who were victims. It premieres at 10:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Feb. 1, on NET television.

Sakura, now a crime victim advocate, experienced her first rape as a sixth grader. Many more followed until she thought she’d found the “perfect” guy. Eventually, he controlled everything in her life and she didn’t know where to turn, or how to get away.

Another survivor thought she was getting a ride to Chicago with a good friend, but the young man she traveled with had other plans. “The whole time was a blur. Being drugged, beat, raped repeatedly.”

And, after a decade of being trafficked that started as a six-year old girl, Rachel did what she could just to survive the abuse, control and threats.

Nebraska sex trafficking survivor Rachel Pointer discusses her experiences with NET producer Mike Tobias.

“Sold for Sex: Survivor Stories” examines how victims are swept into trafficking and why the crime is often not reported or punished. It also features perspective from a report that includes thoughts from more than 20 Nebraska trafficking survivors.

In addition to the television documentary he produced, NET’s Mike Tobias will present a series of radio “Signature Stories” about sex trafficking. The radio stories will air at 6:45 & 8:45 a.m., and 4:45 p.m. CT on NET, on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 2.

The documentary website (netNebraska.org/soldforsex) includes segments from “Sold for Sex: Survivor Stories,” plus additional information and resources about sex trafficking in the state.

NET operates the statewide public service network which includes NET Television, NET Radio, NET Learning Services and NET Technology Services. To learn more, visit netNebraska.org.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521 or krogers@netNebraska.org

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