A 24-year-old Fixer from Sheffield, who wants to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking, has finished filming her short piece, which aims to increase support for victims.
Law student, Leanne Dodson, wants her Fix to highlight the terrible plight of women who have been trafficked to the UK in the sex trade, but are given just 45 days of safe accommodation when they escape.
The powerful film plays out a typical scenario a victim of this abuse would experience.
After fleeing their captures, many human trafficking victims are left alone in limbo and the accommodation provided for them is often a bare flat with no heating or furniture.
The short film addresses what happens after the 45 days at the ‘safe house’ and shows scenes of captivity, isolation and also a police raid.
Leanne is part of a group of volunteers who meet once a week with victims of human trafficking, and feels a film is the ideal medium to inform the public about this crime and hopefully encourage government action on the issue.
‘Hopefully we can capture the harsh truth of what goes on. It’s really awful hearing these people’s accounts and this is the reason why we need to do something about it,’ she explains.
‘The film will be hard hitting, but this is the only way we can get the message across and actually help these women.’
Laura Wilson, who plays the role of the victim in the film, says though the topic matter can be difficult to portray, it’s important for the public to be aware of human trafficking.
‘It’s really quite a sensitive issue and one that has to be done in a responsible way,’ Laura says.
‘It is hard as an actress to get into the mind set of what these women go through, but if we can change just one person’s life, that’s enough for me.
‘This is why I feel so passionately about working with Fixers, because I want to influence change. As a woman, I feel it even more and can’t imagine how hard it must get for them.’
Leanne and her group's Fixer film is scheduled to be complete in May.