BASED ON TRUE EVENTS
A FILM BY JAY CHERN
4 /17 pm11:00
Ｉn Taiwan, officially, each year there is an average of 400 cases involving sexual exploitation of underage girls. Out of those cases, an average of 130 girls and a few boys are placed in rehabilitation correctional facilities for one to two years, during the peak of their adolescence, before allowing them to return to normal society.
The stories in this film are based on the interviews of real youths who have been thru the experiences of the sex trade in Taiwan. Tackling the theme of sexual exploitation of underage youth was difficult. And I didn’t want this film to exploit this subject matter and the real events and struggles of these social workers and young girls and boys for a purely dramatic purpose. I wanted to use an objective lens to focus on the real reasons of why this is occurring in our society now and start a dialogue with the audience on how we together as a society need to work together as a family to improve this situation of the sexual exploitation of underage youth in Taiwan; educationally, economically, and socially.
Joy Wu, the lead social worker who works for the government is responsible for the incarceration process while SanLing Sa is the lead therapist for the girls in the rehabilitation centre. Ping Hsu is recently graduate, learning the ropes in interacting with these girls who are socially mature beyond their age. Based on a series of real life interviews with the girls on their perspective, and change after their return to society along with the social workers who cared for them; this is their story.
Three interconnecting stories involving three girls, Ann (16), San (13) and Lan (17) as they face off against their emotional scars and the social workers trying to guide them during their different stages of incarceration, rehabilitation, and return to normal society after admitting involvement with underage sex trade.