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Raleigh filmmaker examines the issue of human trafficking

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

A former refugee from Laos who grew up in Raleigh is hoping to create more awareness about the human trafficking that's happening in our very own backyard.

A grassroots movie called, "Lao Warrior: The story of Kenji Saykosy" by martial arts teacher turned filmmaker turned actor, Kenji Saykosy is already getting a lot of attention all over the world.

"Human trafficking is everywhere. I know my country is huge and they're selling kids from five years old to women, even boys," explained Saykosy.

Recently, Saykosy filmed the human trafficking element of his movie, where two girls are at a club waiting to be sold.

Michael Gotowski plays one the main villains in the movie and has traveled from Charlotte to help out.

"It's bigger than what people expect," Gotowski said. "Right in Charlotte where I live there are more and more people that are experiencing human trafficking. It's a person that you see that's walking on the streets that you wouldn't know it until the investigations uncovered."

It's an impressive production, considering that the entire movie is being financed by Kenji and his co-producer. 

The director hopes to finish his film by the end of this year. For more information go to laowarriorfilms.com

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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