The epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, the documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers in real time as they run headlong into a collision course not only with Backpage but with judges, powerful corporations, special interest groups, and an outdated internet freedom law that has been interpreted by federal judges to protect websites from any responsibility for hosting ads which sell underage girls. I AM JANE DOE is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.
American mothers wage a battle against sex trafficking on behalf of their daughters.
I was quite disturbed by this documentary, and not for the reasons you would think. This documentary is a bait & switch, plain and simple. As someone else stated, it should really be called “the war on Backpage.” This is a plaintiff advocacy piece masquerading as an informative documentary on a sensitive topic. The makers of this should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. They basically exploit a serious topic so that they can drive home a narrative on a tangentially related subject, which of course is Backpage.com and prostitution. This documentary is not about sex trafficking; It is about Backpage.com. That’s it. Sex trafficking is just and example used to support their thesis. Every once in a while they will give a brief summary of the story of someone who was a victim of sex trafficking, but that is just to pull at your heartstrings. It’s a distraction. If you wanted to make a documentary about Backpage and prostitution, it is possible.To do so without logical fallacies, distractions, and a one-sided narrative. This documentary is not fair to backpage or the subject that it is addressing.
I am an engineer who has taken formal training on root cause analysis and corrective action. Backpage is not the problem. It is the intermediary. If you want to address the problem you have to be honest about it. Prostitution is one of the worlds oldest professions, and it isn’t going away. Declaring war on it and the vehicles that are used to engage in it will not solve your problem. Banning things like Backpage will serve one purpose – making social justice warriors feel vindicated.
Be careful people. There is a war going on for your mind, and it’s easy to find yourself a victim of propaganda if you don’t know how to spot logical fallacies. Be vigilant in your quest for information.