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Restore One set to debut BOYS, a documentary film, at Reimage Church, Greenville, NC

Restore One to Debut Documentary Film, BOYS, at the 5th Annual Night of Freedom Fundraising Event at Reimage Church in Greenville, NC, March 30

Nonprofit Co-Founders Join Forces with Kartal Peel, Film Director, to Release a Documentary Film Examining the Sex Trafficking of Males in America


Greenville, NC, March 12, 2019 – Restore One, a faith-based nonprofit, is set to debut BOYS, a documentary film, examining the sex trafficking of American men and boys - a crime of modern-day slavery. The screening will be premiered during the organization’s 5th Annual Night of Freedom Fundraiser for their residential care home, The Anchor House. The event will be held March 30, 6:30 p.m., at Reimage Church3950 Victory Lane, Winterville, NC 28590, in the metro area of Greenville, NC.

Sex trafficking affects women, men and children, but restorative care for males has largely been overlooked, as reported in The Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation Journal - Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. To increase awareness and to explore this imbalance, Restore One co-founders Chris & Anna Smith joined forces with Kartal Peel, a creative content and video producer, to script and shoot a documentary film, which upon completion was titled: BOYS. By way of interviews with male survivors, service care providers and those in the field of abolition, the documentary reveals the true story of males exploited by sex traffickers in America, as mentioned in a 2017 article in Forbes.

Restore One’s newly opened Anchor House is committed to providing residential care that is trauma-informed, holistic and Christ-centered, at no cost to residents and their families. The licensed program is designed to serve domestic minor male victims of commercial sexual exploitation, ages 12-18. The Anchor House is committed to helping residents overcome difficulties and grow toward whole and fulfilled lives. Its onsite school, Anchor Academy, is registered with the NC Division of Non-Public Education.

“Abused and trafficked boys have been mischaracterized and ignored far too long,” said Chris Smith, co-founder and director of engagement at Restore One. “Now, this documentary, BOYS, tells the story of this crime against humanity, we believe for the first time.”

Research as far back as 2008, estimates the abuse of boys to be as high as 50% of commercially sexually exploited (CSE) children in New York, according to a study by John Jay College and the Center for Court Innovation, Until recently, this data had little effect on changing the lopsided 100 to 1 ratio of residential treatment and recovery facilities for girls to boys. Restore One has set out to change that by building the second of only two facilities currently available in the US, conceived and managed for the care of boys, who have been sexually exploited.  

Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) often appears in the form of commercial sexual exploitation, such as prostitution, pornography and/or erotic entertainment. ECPAT International  estimates that 100,000-300,000 American youth are victims of DMST within the United States each year, and 325,000 more youth are at risk of becoming a victim. The charitable organization, Polaris Project estimates that the average age an American boy entering forced prostitution ranges from 11-13 years and 12-14 years for girls. Studies indicate that an equal number of homeless, sheltered, or runaway girls and boys are at high risk of DMST.

Following the Greenville, NC screening of BOYS, Restore One is taking the film on a nationwide screening tour with the aim to raise awareness and create a dialogue about male sex trafficking and restoration of those victimized. This film tour provides an opportunity to gather key community stakeholders, nonprofit organizations and the general public around this important issue with the goal of seeing more boys identified and helped.

The BOYS documentary raises the awareness that boys and men are being sexually trafficked within U.S. borders. The subject of the film is told bravely through the narratives of five survivors. Their stories dismantle the myth that boys and men are immune to sexual trafficking. On tour, Co-Founder Anna Smith will compel others to join Restore One in this call to address male sex trafficking by raising the awareness and need for identification, recovery and restoration of exploited boys.

“Getting to know Anna and Chris Smith in Greenville, I saw their passion for fighting against the sex-trafficking of boys in America,” said Kartal Peel, a BFA graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art where he specialized in Integrated Media. “I knew it was a compelling story and that, if I could capture it, lives would be saved.” 

Resident application forms for The Anchor House and details regarding the national film tour are available on-line at the Restore One website - http://www.restoreonelife.org/.