While the actual number is not known, it is believed that more than 300,000 children are currently victims of sex trafficking in the United States. The effect this crime has on society and its victims is difficult to understand and even more difficult to address.


43 Days is a provocative short film that takes a hard look at the dangers of becoming a runaway, particularly the risk of sexual exploitation of teen girls by ruthless pimps. This narrative film, loosely based on actual events, follows the ordeal of a teenage girl who makes an impulsive decision to run away from her group home. It relays the hazards of the street and the desperate choices that a child may feel forced to make when hungry and homeless. 43 Days is a powerful educational tool for teachers, social workers, police officers, parents and teenagers.

 
43 Days

In America, 1,200 youth run away each day! The film ‘43 Days’ is a powerful example of what can happen to our kids when they are on the streets. National Runaway Switchboard is honored to be a part of this significant project.

    --Katy Walsh, National Runaway Switchboard

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Aurora Award Winner
Platinum Best in Show
OUTPOST 7 LLC Presents AKUA WILDER  HORACE V. ROGERS  ALISUN ARMSTRONG  ALLISON EASTER  JEFFREY GUYTON  ERICA ASH  BILLY FOSTER  ELIZABETH C. DUNLOP  DAVE RIEDY in 43 DAYS  Costumes by CATHERINE BARINAS and MEREDITH MOSELEY • Original Music by SCOTT RUFFNER, OMAR FIELD-RIDLEY and MICHAEL KECK • Gaffer JAMES ADOLPHUS • Editor CHRIS WIGHT • Cinematographer DEREK RITTENHOUSE • Screenplay by DIANA LaMAR • Directed by HARRY KAKATSAKIS • Produced by HARRY KAKATSAKIS  DIANA LaMAR  CHRIS WIGHT
43 Days

I am of the belief that serious problems require strong medicine.  ‘43 Days’ could be a useful tool in trying to get many teenagers’ attention to all the consequences that can befall a runaway or homeless child.  We can’t continue to treat 2006 problems using 1950’s tools.

    --John Worden, Police Officer and family therapist specializing in runaways

‘43 Days’ is a riveting film and a helpful tool that can be used to improve the understanding of professionals dealing with this vulnerable population.

     --D. Jean Ortega-Piron, Deputy Director for Guardian and Advocacy, Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services

The film is a very good one for educating high school aged children of the dangers of running away, as well as the perils of life on the street.  It is also useful to educate parents about the dangers of ‘throwing away’ their troublesome children.

    --Anne Brooks, President, Missing and Exploited Children’s Association

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