Following her mother’s drug overdose, Mia Gibson spends the next year being moved from group home to group home. In the latest home, Mia is beat up by her new roommate and finds an ally in fellow foster youth Destiny Reyes. They run away from the group home together to attend a welcome home party for Jamal who has just been released from jail. Mia and Jamal ‘s attraction is magnetic. Mia opts to stay with Destiny and her new friends.
For the first time since her mom died, Mia has everything she could possibly want: love, security, and a stable home. But she soon learns that nothing in life is for free. When it is revealed that Jamal needs more money to get his record label off the ground, Mia is “turned out” and forced into sex trafficking to make that happen.
Mia can see no way out, but when a friend is nearly beaten to death by a pimp, Mia finds the courage to fight back and take Jamal’s entire operation down in the process. Jamal will stop at nothing to see his music business become a reality. Mia will stop at nothing to regain her freedom. And neither one is going down without a fight.
TURNT, based on true events, serves up a raw realistic narrative of child sex trafficking from the inside.
Why This Story Is Important
TURNT is designed to entertain AND educate teens on tactics used by Sex Traffickers to recruit them. Sex Trafficking is the fastest growing illegal enterprise in America. It provides Traffickers with a re-saleable product: Human Beings. There are a number of great documentaries that detail what is happening. However, there is little narrative content that allows the audience to follow the journey of a trafficked teen. TURNT does just that.
A Few Appalling Facts
-The average age of youth being recruited into sex trafficking is 15 years old
-Foster and probation youth are PRIME TARGETS of Sex Traffickers
-80% of the teens arrested for prostitution were part of the Child Welfare System (i.e. foster homes, group homes, juvenile hall, etc.)
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