A group of young actors are raising awareness about teen sex trafficking in the city through a play that delivers an unvarnished look at the subject. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
It's not hard for 17-year-old Odley Jean to break out in tears during her captivating performance about sex trafficking of teenage girls. She's been a member of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company in Washington Heights for more than a year.
"I feel like people don't want to believe it, it's hard to imagine a 12-year-old standing on the corner," Jean said.
Their riveting performances in "A Day In The Life" are based on true stories of girls caught in the web of sex trafficking and it sparks dialogue and action for those involved.
"They been inspired to make change and they've been raising hell all over the place," said Lauren Hersch of Sanctuary for Families.
"We feel there were no better advocates than teens because teens are affected by this issue," said The Arts Effect Director Katie Cappiello.
Vikki Eugenis plays the role of Nadia who went to a pimp party which she says happens all the time in schools across the city.
"It really opened my eyes about things are going on right under our noses that people don 't know," Eugenis said.
The actors also call themselves activists and they are determined to raise awareness, spark change and save their fellow teens from danger.