Rigby High grad producing film on India’s human trafficking

Rigby High School graduate Casey Allred, left, the producer of “Stolen Innocence,” stands with film director Chris Davis on a balcony overlooking a spice market in New Delhi, India. Allred said the photo was taken near the location of one of the city’s largest brothels.

Every eight minutes, a child is kidnapped in India, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau.

Many are sold into slavery, raped and abused. Almost 40 percent of the country’s 60,000 children reported missing in 2011 haven’t been located. Human trafficking in India has become so bad that the United Nations has designated the country as the most dangerous place in the world to be a girl.

Witnessing this horror first-hand, while volunteering in New Delhi, is what led Rigby High School graduate Casey Allred, 28, to take action. He is the producer of “Stolen Innocence,” a documentary aimed at bringing to light sex trafficking in India.

Allred said the film is about “halfway done,” and to fund the making of the second half, Allred is raising money through Kickstarter, the online crowd-funding website.

His first experience in India was in 2011, when Allred and a group of his colleagues from Utah State University started Effect International, a nonprofit group that opened a school in Sasaram, India. Although the school saw great success out the gate, Allred noticed something wasn’t right.

“Some of our girl students started to go missing and we couldn’t figure out where they went,” Allred said.

Allred learned the girls had been kidnapped and possibly forced into prostitution. That’s when the group decided to change its focus.

“It got to a point where we had to do something,” Allred said. “We decided this was a more important issue.”

The group decided the best way it could combat human trafficking is to bring awareness to the issue. Allred teamed with film director Chris Davis earlier this year with hopes of bringing the issue to the big screen.

Allred’s team spent six months infiltrating human trafficking rings and documenting several women’s stories before it ran out of money. To finish the project, the team is asking for donations via Kickstarter.

But there’s a catch. Per Kickstarter’s rules, the group has to reach its goal of $100,000 by Sept. 7. If it doesn’t raise all of the money in a month, it won’t see a penny.

Although a daunting task, Allred remains positive.

“I absolutely think we can do it,” Allred said.

To donate to money to the “Stolen Innocence” project, visit www.stolendocumentary.com.

Project backers will receive gifts based on the amount donated: $5 will get your name in the film’s credits, $100 will get you a phone call from the filmmakers and $10,000 will get you an executive producer credit.

Reporter Ali Tadayon can be reached at 542-6746.

Reporter Ali Tadayon can be reached at 542-6746.