Dean Cain Issues Warning About ‘Uncomfortable Truth’ for ‘Very Clear and Present Danger’
By Movieguide® Staff
Actor Dean Cain is passionate about protecting his children and said that that is the purpose of his newest movie, TRAFFICKED: A PARENT’S WORST NIGHTMARE.
Inspired by multiple true stories of American suburban families whose lives were upended by the horrors of trafficking, Cain noted the importance of awareness.
“I just think it’s a hugely important topic and subject for today that people don’t really appreciate how dangerous it is, [and] how many predators exist out there for our children,” Cain told The Christian Post. “My son is 20 years old now but I’ve been having these conversations with him for 20 years, about the internet and people and safety and situational awareness and all these different things.”
TRAFFICKED was released on Jan. 26 and is available on Digital HD and DVD.
“Allison Riley (Sophie Bolen), a beautiful young girl with a bright future and a dream of becoming a veterinarian. On the eve of her 16th birthday, she sneaks out of her house to meet a handsome boy she met online and disappears,” the synopsis states. “Her parents, Joanna (Kristy Swanson) and Case (Mark Boyd), contact the police who assume that Allison is just out with a boyfriend. They reluctantly hire Private Investigator John Belton (Dean Cain) who has a reputation for making his own rules. Belton quickly discovers that Allison had likely been trafficked by a handsome young man she met online and that he’s on a race against time if the Rileys hope to see their daughter again.”
With the prominence of social media, the GOD’S NOT DEAD actor notes the movie’s relevance to warn families about a harsh and tragic reality.
“We all want someone to like us and pay us attention and that sort of situation,” Cain said. “So to see it happen with this one girl and her story, I think, is a very effective way of warning everybody about the real dangers of human trafficking and predators for our children. That’s a very clear and present danger. Unfortunately, in this day and age, the internet lets everybody into your room.”
Cain admitted that the safety of children means that they have to sacrifice some of their privacy.
“Parents and children may not like what I’m going to say but that’s too bad. Know your kid’s passwords, monitor them online, monitor them when they’re playing on the Xbox, monitor them all the time,” Cain advised. “I played games with him all the time. So I got involved. I’m on the games with him and playing things with him. I’m there and paying attention. I knew all of his passwords. And I said, ‘If you have something and there’s a password to something that I go to get on your phone, anytime I want to look, if you don’t give me the password, or it’s incorrect, or you hide something from me, your phone either swims or flies. I’m chucking it in the toilet or in the pool because there’s no negotiation.'”
Cain maintained that it is still the parent’s responsibility to teach their children media discernment, even if it means intruding into their lives.
“It’s a horrible invasion of privacy for your children, but they’re your children and you’re trying to protect them. For me, I say invade their privacy, look through their school bag, look through their stuff, let them know they haven’t earned the right to be a private 100% [individual],” Cain explained. “You’re not an adult. You’re still my child and I’m doing this for your well-being. As much as you might think you know at 12 or 14, or 10 or 16, you don’t and I’m only looking out for your best interest. It’s a hard thing to do but that’s what I did as a parent.”
Cain believes TRAFFICKED is essential is because many American’s do not realize the severity and breadth of the trafficking industry in the United States.
“Sometimes we don’t like to face our uncomfortable truths in this country,” Cain said, referencing the 1 million victims of trafficking on American soil.
“It’s something that I think should be up in the forefront of our conversations, especially with all our kids on the internet, and how that opens up your entire home and their lives to predators,” Cain said. “We hide so much in our media — the violence and the danger of certain things, or even the reality of opioid addiction and things like that. The reality is, it’s a really terrible, awful, ugly thing to see. To talk about human trafficking, well, you’re stepping up to the next level.”
Cain added: “This stuff happens way more often than it should and I can’t speak to why the media wouldn’t cover it more or make more of an issue of it other than the fact that it’s ugly, and it’s uncomfortable to talk about,” he said.
Sex slavery is an estimated $150 billion industry.
“[Its] a worldwide business and it’s huge,” Cain said.
“It’s just awful. It exists in so many countries in so many places. The fact that almost a million people go missing here in the United States a year tells you it’s a giant problem. If it happens like that in the United States, imagine how bad it is elsewhere,” Cain added. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s the world we live in. It’s not like this is unprecedented either. This is the world we’ve always lived in. I pray for the best and I prepare for the worst.”
Cain said that one way to fight back against the ugly immorality of trafficking is by shedding light on reality. Cain, who is a Christian, also said that faith plays an important role.
“I like making movies of faith and discussing faith and showing faith in a positive light. I feel like there’s been a real big-time attack on Christianity and morality in a sense recently, and I don’t agree with it,” Cain said. “If that little movie can affect one person, five people, 10 people, it’s a gift. So to be able to do that, I try to as much as possible.”
Cain concluded: “I do believe that God wants us to be involved in doing positive things 100%. It’s part of why I became a police officer, to do these things, to be a part of doing good and protecting people. That’s what we do here on Earth, and we can do good for other people you’re serving. That’s what I try to do. I’m far from perfect. But it’s certainly the goal.”
Be sure to read Movieguide®’s complete review of TRAFFICKED.