Indoctrinated: The Grooming of Our Children Into Prostitution


NOTE: Any Inquiries about purchase or use of this film should go through its sponsor, the San Diego County Office of Education.
The contact there is
Aida Hairston <>
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A Film by Legacy Productions / James Anthony Ellis in conjunction with the ACTION Network.

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




  • 12-minute teaser found HERE
  • San Diego Union Tribune – May 2017  HERE
  • KUSI Story – May 2017  HERE
  • KUSI Story – March 2015  HERE
  • FOX TV Newscast HERE
  • Indepth Newspaper Story found HERE
  • San Diego Union Tribune HERE

The film – premiered at a standing-room only hall at University of San Diego in December 2011 – has had prominent exposure in a dozen newspapers and TV newscasts, four US states, foreign countries such as New Zealand, as well as five simultaneous screenings in 2012 throughout San Diego county via the local Soroptomist group.


  • “I’m going to make sure everyone in my department sees this film.”
    – Sergeant Matthew Blumenthal, SDPD Human Trafficking Division
  • “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.


“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.


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


There have been dozens of screenings of the film throughout San Diego county and the nation, the premiere being held on December 6, 2011 at a sold-out USD hall. It is critical that students, parents, and community members gain awareness and learn valuable resources available to them. You can hold your own Forum Hall Screenings by purchasing the DVD and study guide, which provides recommended lessons for facilitator’s use with students, parents, and prevention practitioners.


A copy of the film and study guide is available through the San Diego County Office of Education. A Spanish version is also available. The study guide outlines how to host your own screening for both parents and teens. Please request a copy through e-mail to Aida Estrella.




“Over the years of working with Legacy Productions we have always had great success with the quality of Jim’s work. This year he went over the top. It was such a pleasure to see that our list of wants was spot on. He gave us even more than we asked for. He is a real pleasure to work with keeping the whole process stress free. I would be delighted to recommend Jim’s work to anyone.”
– Katie Bowles, Tariq Khamisa Foundation, Development Director

“The video was amazing and so moving. Jim was really able to capture the true spirit of the kids we work with and portray very effectively the message TKF wants to get across. This video was inspiring to so many people and we really appreciate all of his dedication and compassion for what we do.”
– Jenifer Finkelstein, Program Coordinator, Tariq Khamisa Foundation

“I am extremely grateful for the privilege of working with Legacy Productions. Thank you Jim for creating the “Silent Cry” documentary for us. Your work has helped us tell the story of sexually exploited children in a much more powerful way.”
– Manolo Guillen, Director of the ACTION Network

“Jim is a superb filmmaker with gentle but clear and firm direction. I would recommend him anywhere. Everywhere.”
–  Samadhi Carol Longo-Disse, MDiv, STM, AMP, CSC, PhD

“I worked with Jim on the short film “Indoctrinated” about how young people become victims of human trafficking. It was a difficult process for me as I had to recount a frightening time in my life. He was kind and professional, which made the process so much easier. I would recommend him to anyone requiring his services.”
– Nikki Jo Junker, Co-Founder and Executive Director at With More Than Purpose