What attracted me to direct this project more than anything else was the story of Juliano, a 16 year old boy, now living at the Ottery Youth Centre under the care of Principal Moosa Mahadick, who was born in Brazil, kidnapped from his home and used as a drug mule, having being forced to smuggle drugs across continents to countries like Portugal, Mozambique and South Africa…that is until he was finally arrested for drug trafficking in Cape Town, spending three years of his life in prison.
More often that not, when a film tackles this very subject matter, films tend to be very “Hollywood” and glossy about it. Most films tend to be more concerned about getting that beautiful picture rather than telling the ugly truth about this illegal trade. For me, from the beginning, I made it clear that I didn’t want to tell yet another crime story…I wanted to be truthful and I wanted to show the ugly side of this trade regardless of the consequnces because these kids really are dissapearing right under our eyes, in our very backyard and no one seems bothered by this. Family is everything to me and I can not standby blindly, watching other families be torn apart like this. I can not imagine my own younger sister being sold for domestic servitude and sex slavery.
According to the UN, about 1.2 million children are trafficked annually in Cape Town, South Africa with 62 percent of them being female. Reasons include sexual exploitation, child soldering and domestic servitude. Worth around 32 billion dollars a year, this is the third most lucrative illegal trade after weapons and drugs. How are we letting this happen? Have we as a society completely lost our conscious? HUMAN GREED isn’t just a film for me, it’s a statement and a call to action asking everyone to play their part in raising awareness about the ugly truth happening right infront of us that we all seem to dismiss as “someone else’s problem.”