Sometimes films attempt to shine light on important issues. However, when it comes to human trafficking, this can result in the perpetuation of stereotypical imagery and tropes that can lead to false beliefs about what trafficking is really like.
Check out this short post that talks about the myths movies can reinforce and the realities of trafficking:
In the movie American Honey, Sasha Lane acts as Star, an adolescent girl from a troubled home who runs away with a traveling sales crew that drives across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. As she finds her place in this group of teenagers, one of whom is Jake, played by Shia Labeouf, Star is quickly swept up in the group's lifestyle of hard partying nights, petty crime and young love. Though this film’s focus is not human trafficking, it portrays a very common way individuals, especially youth, are groomed and drawn into trafficking situations.