Film Maker Shines a Spotlight on African Americans in S*x Trafficking

Add New– African American film artist Brook Bello, whose toned, slim build and close-cropped blonde hair belie her 40 years, has appeared in TV commercials and dramas, such as the science fiction program “Stargate SGI.”

She was featured in the 1995 futuristic movie “Strange Days,” starring Angela Bassett and Ralph Fiennes. She has also authored a book of poems, “To Soar without Leaving the Ground.”


Despite her achievements, Bello was desperately unhappy for many of these apparently successful years. She had a horrific youth hidden deep inside her. Often, to block it out, she numbed herself with drugs and alcohol. She fought the impulse to take her own life.

Bello had been one of the millions of women and girls in the U.S. and internationally who are abducted, duped or coerced into selling sex for their “owners'” profit.

For years she said nothing, but now she’s going as public as she can.

Bello has written, produced and directed a documentary film, “Survivor: Living Above the Noise,” in which she tells her own story as a sex trafficking victim, as do others in the film. The documentary takes the viewer to Bahrain in the Middle East, one of the global hotspots of the practice, where Bello went to recover from her experiences and learn about the impact of sex trafficking on women and girls there.

She is also partnering with the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute to expose the problem of sex trafficking in the African American community. Bello and the policy institute, founded in 2009 in Washington, D.C., are planning nationwide discussions and screenings of her film, which will be shown next month at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.

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There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Willa at 2:34 pm

    Black people will stop being abused by others when we stop abusing each other. Why are men in Africa and the US raping and assaulting women?

  2. Les Wood at 3:05 pm

    Its about time somebody started talking about this issue in our community. I find it ironic that we are always talking about the evils of slavery and the long term effect it had on us as a people and at the same time we tolerate and even glorify modern day slave owners in our community. They are called pimps.

  3. me112233 at 12:34 am

    Sex trafficing is simply a politically correct terminology for slavery. One would thing that “African” Americans would be the absolute LAST people on earth to engage in the practice of slavery. The ultimate irony is that the slaves are, for the most part, “African” too. Gee gads people.

  4. Barbara at 1:16 am

    I joined a group to work with little Black girls as young as 10-15 years of age who are sex trafficked by BLACK pimps and put up for SALE on the Internet. It’s mind blowing that we as the Black community don’t put a stop to this IMMEDIATELY.

    Slavery for our little girls, and you know who they are selling them to!! We need to castrate these pimps.

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