Latino actor Jesse Garcia shocks with new must-see short film about sex trafficking

Latino stars have long since played a central part in bringing awareness to all kinds of important causes, from voting to education. Now, actor Jesse Garcia (Quinceñeara) can be also added to the long list of Hispanic do-gooders. He and a group of other talented Latino stars recently released Sold, a short film about human trafficking.

The 12-minute thriller, available on Vimeo, gives a powerful look into "the third most profitable crime in the world." Garcia co-produced and stars in the film, alongside actors like Maria Elena Laas (Pastor Shepherd, The Hot Chick), Hector Jimenez (Sin Nombre, Nacho Libre), Fernanda Romero (Without Men, The Eye) and more.

It's always rewarding to see a Latino making great efforts for a cause like this, but it's doubly impressive that Garcia and the other actors were willing to take the time to create a short film about it--especially when they could have just waited for their next big gig in a feature film. Human trafficking is a social issue that, despite being a major problem in Mexico and the US, is frequently overlooked, and rarely spoken about in the media. So it's especially gratifying to see a young Latino spotlight a crisis happening right now in our community.

But you want to know another reason why watching Garcia's project makes me proud to be Latina? Because the film is incredibly well-made! The project clearly isn't something that was taken lightly. Even though the final product is less than 15 minutes, it manages to thrill, shock and teach in a very short period of time. I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time and I actually gasped out loud on more than one occasion. It was terrifying to see the way trafficking victims (which are almost always women) were treated. And the fact that the short centers on the kidnapping of a Latina journalist who was posing as an undocumented worker was just the icing on the cake.

Trust me--as a woman, you'll want to see it since females, by far, make up the majority of trafficking cases. As a Hispanic woman, I feel like you have to see it because the film illustrates how traffickers use cultural barriers to their advantage. If you're still not convinced, just think--at the very least, you'll be supporting the work of a fellow Latino!

Watch the film here: