Independent Lens: A Path Appears: Part One

About This Episode


In part one, Nicholas Kristof and Ashley Judd meet Shana Goodwin, who was first sold to a pimp by her mother at the age of 12. They meet women active in prostitution, and other women like Shana who have found a new life through the intervention of Nashville's Magdalene program. The program proves that while the reality is horrifying and the long-term impact on victims can be devastating, there are solutions. Kristof is also joined by Blake Lively in Boston to visit the anti-trafficking organization My Life My Choice and in Chicago, he and Malin Akerman visit the Cook County Sheriff's Office as they coordinate the annual Day of Johns Arrest, going behind the scenes to crack down on the buyers of sex.

A Path Appears follows journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and dedicated actor/advocates to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the United States. They uncover the harshest forms of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the ripple effects that follow: including sex trafficking, teen-pregnancy, gender-based violence, child slavery and the effective solutions being forged to combat them.