Film about a Utah-based rescue organization spotlights a heinous worldwide crime

“The Abolitionists” is a documentary that chronicles the missions of a non-profit organization based in Utah, Operation Underground Railroad. The film details trips to Colombia, Haiti and other countries, some successful, some not by volunteers who put themselves in very dangerous situations while trying to rescue children from child sex trafficking rings. On KVNU’s For the People program on Friday, host Jason Williams’ guest was Darren Fletcher, who co-directed & co-produced the film with Chet Thomas. He talked about the experience in making the documentary.

“This film is a passion project for us. Normally we make theatrical feature narrative films, we don’t do documentaries, although I love the genre. This is our very first documentary, so we didn’t really know what to expect as far as that kind of film-making in general just to begin with”.

Fletcher went on to explain “But this was unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. Never again will I be able to say, ‘You know what? When I was making that movie we rescued 57 children from child sex slavery and we put 7 people in prison for the rest of their lives’”

Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes was a volunteer for one of the sting operations. Fletcher was with Reyes on the operation they pulled on an island in Colombia and said he’s done a great deal with local law enforcement to lead the nation in this cause against a worldwide plague. A special advance screening will be held Monday night at the Providence Stadium 8 Theater. You can get tickets and more information on the movie at TheAbolitionistsMovie.com. (The film is rated PG-13).

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