Many of us have heard those stories about New Mexico. No, not the ones about the $1 tacos, cheap beer, and authentic Horchata. I’m talking about the more cringe-worthy stories of young women, and even men, being abducted and taken captive and imprisoned by human trafficking.
To delve more into the darkness of human trafficking comes the film, Eden, starring 28-year-old Asian American actress Jaime Chung.
Eden was one of the eight films selected from 1,112 submissions to premier at the SXSW 2012 Film Festival. The Festival will take place March 9- 17th in Austin Texas.
Eden tells the story of a Korean American teenager, Hyun Jae, who ventured into a bar in New Mexico where a handsome man posing as a firefighter offered her a ride home. The story follows Jae’s abduction and imprisonment as a sex slave, and is inspired by the complex and harrowing true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim.
Chung, who plays Jae in the film, rose in stardom following her role on MTV’s The Real World: San Diego. Since then, Chung has starred in bigger films such as Sorority Row, The Hangover Part II, and Sucker Punch.