Holly Austin Smith is a survivor of child trafficking. At fourteen years old she was lured to run away from her home with a man that promised to make all her dreams come true.
“As teenage pressures boiled to the surface, I fled. I laced up my size-five sneakers, and I ran toward opportunity, toward possibility, and toward freedom,” Holly said.
In reality, Holly ran right into the inexorable clutches of a sex trafficking ring. Within hours of running away she was forced into working the streets in Atlantic City, NJ until dawn the next day.
“Sex traffickers target vulnerable children and we know they look for them on the Internet,” said Sheriff Mike Brown as he explained why he is asking Holly to join the Safe Surfin’ Foundation’s team as a National Spokesperson and a consultant in the incoming film the foundation is producing.
Holly spoke at Thomas Road Baptist Church to the final casting call for the film ‘Finding Faith.’ Producers say this final casting call was for the 100+ extras and background actors needed for the project.
Holly is excited to join the team and have her story represented in the film, “People think this is an international problem. It’s not; I’m a living example that it’s an issue within our country’s borders. This film will be a strong voice in promoting anti-trafficking laws and greater protection for all survivors.”
According to the US Department of State, over 300,000 American children are at risk for being sexually trafficked. Cases of human trafficking have now been reported in all 50 states.
When asked if Holly’s story will be the plot of the film, ‘Finding Faith,’ Brown responded, “I guess you will have to wait and see!”