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INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS

THE TURN OUT

A Story to Stop Sex Trafficking

*courtesy of inplainsightfilm.com and Polaris

Synopsis

In a small town in Southern Appalachia, a trucker must decide if he will stand up and take action against sex trafficking at his truckstop. The Turn Out melds the testimony and talents of sex trafficking survivors, anti-trafficking activists, and truckers with the work of film professionals to create an unflinching docu-drama of moral dilemma and personal connection in the local landscape of Glouster, Ohio, Athens County, and Mineral Wells, West Virginia.

WOULD YOU STAND BY?

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80% of sex trafficking victims are women and girls

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50% of these females are minors

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90% of prostituted women have been physically abused as children

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44% of these survivors estimated that they were 17 or younger.

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Real People. Real Stories.

Written & filmed with survivors & truckers

“My grandmother was sold at a local truckstop from the time she was 12 until she turned 18 and became an adult … your movie hit me hard. It was as if I was watching my grandmother on that screen.”

– Jessica Graham, Survivor’s Ink

“I’m still thinking about the amazing performances you got from your actors.”

– Tony Buba, Braddock Films

"So honored that Pearl Gluck is a part of @psubellisario. Such an important film."

– Marie Hardin, Penn State University

What to Watch

THE FILM

Director Pearl Gluck brings life to the haunting reality of sex trafficking victims and survivors in The Turn Out. Set in Southern Appalachia, the film follows Crowbar, a trucker alienated from his family, who encounters an underage prostitute at a local truck stop and discovers that he is an unwitting participant in a sex trafficking ring.

"In 2002, a trucker parked at a travel center in Detroit made a phone call to report his suspicions of two girls being trafficked at his truckstop. He saved the lives of a young girl and her cousin who were kidnapped from Toledo, Ohio, and trafficked across state lines.-Pearl Gluck

THE TITLE TRACK

Christopher Rattie and NattyLou Race, along with Raven and the Wren, composed and recorded the soundtrack for The Turn Out. The title song "Heaven Spelled Backwards" is performed live here at The Rusty Rail in Mifflinburg, PA.

 

"...a child advocate told me that one of the most popular names of survivors in the past year was Nevaeh. When I asked her what that meant, she said: 'it's heaven spelled backwards." -Pearl Gluck

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

1. Watch the Trailer

2. Check out the Resources

3. Host a Screening in your city/town

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