Unregistered/Angry Music for Happy People
2 student films from Texas Tech University. Unregistered and Angry Music for Happy People.
- In 2015, human trafficking occurred in all 50 states.
There are more people in bondage now than at any other point
in human history.
The average age of a trafficking victim
is 14 to 16 years old.
And only one to two percent of victims are ever rescued.
Can you tell me about human trafficking in West Texas?
- I think one of the most telling things
about human trafficking in West Texas is the fact that
not too many people know about it.
I know when I got here two years ago,
I myself didn't know too much about it.
Other than what I had seen on TV,
just in terms of international trafficking
and that kind of thing.
Yeah I guess just the biggest thing about human trafficking
in West Texas is that it's grown.
You know when I did one of my stories for the newspaper
in April there had only been 53 victims identified.
And just now I did another story recently here
in October and it's already grown to 109
and I don't think necessarily that it's been
the number of victims that's grown, more so
as it has been people coming forward
and victims coming forward and identifying themselves
and seeking that help.
- This is such a new field, a lot of people don't even think
that it exists in a small town like Lubbock.
Or even in a place that's supposed to be
as widespread as West Texas.
So I understand the frustration that it's gonna take awhile
to get things right.
Nothing is ever completely right the first time around.
- It's incredibly complicated why people choose to stay
or go or how people even end up in that situation.
A lot it really has to do with psychological trauma
That's really the biggest thing I believe.
A lot of the pimps and traffickers
they use very specific techniques in order to brainwash
the girls, in order to get them feeling that
they're completely dependent on them and isolating them.
And so all of a sudden you go from having a worldview
this big and then your worldview becomes this small.
And so you really move from a state in living
to a state of surviving.
And a lot of the traffickers are incredibly smart
and so they'll find people who are already
kind of in survival mode or maybe
have a different kind of vulnerability
and they'll exploit that and twist that
to where they're able to use them in the ways
that they want to.
Whether that's selling them actually out on the street,
arranging dates in hotels, using them for pornography,
selling them to their friends,
some traffickers even might just keep somebody
in their own home and just not allow them to leave.
So it looks a lot of different ways
but really just pulling people away
from any and every support system.
- My name is Captain and I'm a survivor
of human trafficking.
Yeah so really nice neighborhood,
grew up in what it would look like to be pretty wealthy,
middle-class-ish and so around the age of six,
my brother started molesting me everyday and abusing me
until I was about 10.
But I didn't find out until later that
everything that was going on was filmed
and like pictures were taken and everything was sold online
to a distributor and so yeah, so he was thrown in jail
just because of child pornography.
And so he is still in jail but through that,
like I said I didn't find out until actually a few years ago
that it was all distributed online.
Whenever my brother was found out,
the way they found out was that the guy
that was distributing everything was not in
wherever we were living,
he was further away and they found out and through him
because he'd been distributing things
and whenever they wanted to go find him and arrest him,
he actually hung himself. (melancholy piano music)
- [Narrator] Talking a little bit more specifically
about human sex trafficking
and prostitution, how easy is it to get a prostitute?
- Very easy.
I've been giving a presentation lately,
specifically talking about Backpage.com and you can have
a prostitute nightly.
I mean they're selling them in Lubbock nightly
and daily so it is very very easy.
- [Narrator] And are they just hiring prostitutes in Lubbock
or also the surrounding area?
- Also the surrounding area, with a page like Backpage,
you can be in Sundown, Texas, you can be in Lublin Texas
and you can just do a little search
and you can have a prostitute at your door.
(melancholy piano music)
- [Narrator] That's crazy.
- These women that are on here, are required to
be with at least five guys every night.
A lot of these women, if they're not with five guys
they get beat up.
At least five guys, they don't make $1000, $1500 a night,
whatever their quota is, they're gonna get beat.
And have to go without food.
The way I tell my guys is imagine,
especially the older guys, I go up to them and say,
imagine just being with your partner, your wife.
When you're with your wife that is amazing.
You have a great time.
But imagine having to do that 10 to 15 times a night.
They're like, whoa that's pretty intense.
But imagine being forced to do that 10 to 15 times a night.
There it is right there. (mumbles)
There you go, you can register your slave here.
These websites were started as a fetish.
They have easily become manipulated into branding girls
and having them. (melancholic piano music)
- The law defines a victim of sex trafficking
as someone who is under 18.
But if a woman who is now over 18 was trafficked as a minor,
she must prove force, fraud or coercion
to be seen as a victim.
- [Captain] I think it's really really important
that the community is educated on the fact that these women
that are in prostitution or are stripping
or are being abused as children and taken advantage of,
And that girl that you see in a porno or in a picture,
she's a victim too.
- In the state of Texas right now, we have two shelters
for minor sex trafficking victims.
One of them is outside of Houston.
They can take 20 victims right now.
And the other one is in Tyler and they can take six.
These homes, this is great but if you look
at the statistics nationwide
and course Texas is a very large state
because of our inner states,
these girls are being trafficked in Texas,
at least transported through Texas.
And we just do not have enough beds here.
One of our main obstacles is that lots of government money
isn't used for the bricks and mortar,
that it will pay for the operations budget
to take care of the girls that we've got
to raise the money to pay for the home itself.
And so that's really where we are right now
in the process is we need the support of this community.
It's nothing we can show yet, we can show the numbers
and those numbers represent young girls from our community
that we need help actually building a facility.
So then we can move on with our program.
(melancholy piano music)
- Honestly the reason I started this (mumbles)
Men Challenging Men is because the fact of the matter is
when 98% of the perpetrators of violence against women
are men, it's a man's issue.
It always has been a man's issue.
(melancholy piano music)
- There'll be big old mosh pits
and probably people punching each other the whole time.
- As far as moshing goes and stuff,
I would rather watch the show as the whole
than be getting my * * kicked or whatever they do in there.
- It's pure energy is what it is.
There's no other way to explain other than the energy.
- We don't care who it is, where they come from,
what they do as long as they just wanna come in
and have fun.
That's who we want there.
Anybody, we've had old people on our pits,
they're having fun.
We've had anything from like little kids to grandpas
that are in there just having a good time.
- It's very hard to understand,
it's something you have to experience.
- A lot of the times people think it's crazy
but it's some of the nicest people you'll meet.
You'll get knocked flat on your back and two people run over
and pick you up and they'll keep people away from you
until you're back up.
So don't lost a shoe, they'll just hold it up
until they find it.
I mean it's just a lot of fun.
It's a good way to get anger out
without actually hurting someone if you do it right.
- You are in the environment, you have the community
and you have the music.
That fully envelops everything that
you will get out of the genre and music in itself.
- When you're a band like this it's a really like
powerful band, like a really fast moving music,
kinda like heavy music and it's not something
you sit around to.
And so it's not something you want people
in the crowd to sit around to.
And when all you do is vocals and you can't really
just stand still, I can't really just stand there.
All I'm doing is yelling into a microphone,
that's pretty much my whole job in this band.
- You have the vocalist in the genre themselves,
a very vast amount of them do scream.
They do work on their vocals while screaming.
They harmonize, they do everything that a normal vocalist
would do except they push the limits.
Now there's been a lot of question with this.
People don't understand why they scream.
- The vocals are real loud and basically what I say is like,
we could just do singing, like I could sing.
I guess like the only reason I like what I do in the band
is because it was saying it or if I was just singing it,
you wouldn't have to listen to it.
If I'm just sitting there screaming it
at the top my lungs and just yelling it,
you're going to hear it.
It gets the point across, like it makes
what you have to say heard.
And that's why I love it.
- It's interesting to be in a band and also be a sound guy.
Try to make everybody sound as good as I make my band sound.
So but it's fun, a lot of good friendly competition.
I'm the sound guy and playing so if it sucks, (guy yelling)
it's probably our fault.
Hey Jason. (heavy rock)
- Well we all worked at the car wash.
Whenever I started working there, I met Dusty.
- Me, John and Taylor, we started at this car wash.
We'd all been there for a few months.
John and Taylor probably been there for a year or so.
And then Marty shows up and none of us had met Marty before
and he just kinda shows up,
we all worked with him for a little bit.
We all found out he had the same taste in music as us.
We thought that was real cool and then we found out
he was an amazing guitarist.
- Every time I go to his truck, he'd be doing covers
I showed him my songs I had recorded cos I had a few demos.
- We found out he could just shred
and wrote some awesome songs.
- He said he knew this drummer that worked
at the other car wash.
- I'd known Dusty and John, I lived with the guy.
So we're pretty well acquainted.
Marty, I had talked to him before, he was a cool guy.
He had showed me his demos and stuff
and it was a lot of the stuff that I enjoy writing
and listening to and so that alone is enough
to kinda get the ball rolling as far as relationships
with everyone else.
- He ended up coming by the car wash
and I showed our drummer some of the demos.
We just ended up kinda setting up a date to jam.
And me and Dusty were there at the store working
and we just asked John if he would play bass for us.
So he ended up going to Taylor's mom's that night
to jam too and everything just kinda clicked.
- My drums were set up a my mom's house, I was living
in an apartment so I can't even have them set up,
they would just sit there and collect dirt.
They took a vacation, they were gone for like a week.
And I thought, you know well we've been talking about this
on and off, now I actually have kinda an opportunity
so I set my drums up in the living room
and sent the guys a video of me playing.
Like hey I'm ready, if you're ready, let's do it.
Dusty came over first and he had a big amp
with my cable and Mike just doing vocals through
a half stack and we would pretty much play songs
that we both knew but it was just drums and vocals
so it didn't make much sense.
So more and more equipment kept showing up,
the next thing you know the living room's filled with amps
and lots of stuff to make loud noise.
With how fast it all came together once everyone was there
it was kinda like a moment like you know, like you feel it.
So at that moment it was something I realized
that this was something I wanted to take seriously.
And actually pursue.
Fortunately enough, after my mom got back,
I showed her like,
hey so this kind of what we've been doing.
And she was excited about it, she actually
really enjoyed it and so after that we would have practice
in her garage.
They didn't mind it or so they said and I'm sure,
you know loud noises coming into the living room or whatever
would get annoying after awhile.
- Cops were getting called to his mom's so,
it's kind of funny because you know
we were kind of bouncing around different people's houses,
just friends' houses.
They're like, oh yeah you can jam over here.
So we'd go practice at this guy's house
then we'd go to this other guy's house.
We lived in a duplex with our apartment
so that wasn't gonna work.
- Just wherever we could play we would
until we had something a little more stable, I guess.
- Me and my wife ended up purchasing a house.
And of course while we were looking,
I was looking for something that I would be able
to do my work in or just have a space to practice,
you know out of the house.
The last house we had looked at, it came down to
it had a shed in the back and it was just, it was perfect.
- There were songs that Marty had already written ready
that we could listen to and learn how to play.
Put vocals on it and in the meantime
the rest of us had kind of began writing other songs.
And I think before our first show
we had maybe five or six songs ready to play
and we just relentlessly practiced these songs
over and over and over, five, six, seven times a night.
Just to make sure that we have it as tight
as we possibly can.
Because if it doesn't sound good to you,
then chances are it's not gonna sound
too good to anyone else.
So we made sure that before we even got on the stage
that we knew the material and could play it in our sleep.
And yeah we were pretty much at that point
whenever we felt like we were ready to play on the stage.
- [Guy] No getting abducted by aliens!
Like real. (laughs)
- Oh this is great.
- [Girl] Did you see that guy that's at like Best Buy
- It's giving me that feeling of like oh.
Oh sorry. (laughs)
- I think we had practiced for about seven months straight
just learning material.
For that show we kind of ran around
and kinda tried to go to the local metal shows.
And kinda see I guess what kinda competition
that was out there.
I was always real nervous about what was gonna happen.
Like is it really hard to get on shows,
is it pay to play, do you have to do
whoever sells the most tickets.
- They have an open jam on Wednesdays
and it'd be bands that showed up and play
so we heard about it and we'd see some people play there.
Until we decided, we have 15, 20 minutes worth of stuff.
Let's go play up there.
So we signed up for last, we were just gonna kinda try
to not play and like scare everybody off,
cos it's heavier metal.
- We didn't play first because nobody wanted to go up
and put our name on the list cos you know people get there
throughout the night and they write their name on this list.
And it's just whoever is next in line is up.
And I think we ended up waiting till 10 or 10.30
to write our name.
- We had actually pondered for months on
what is the name of our band.
And the night that we played our first show,
we couldn't think of anything, couldn't think of anything
there were ridiculous names floating around
and we finally just said well, for tonight,
we'll just say Bastion.
Just because we need something and there ended up being
quite a few more people than we expected.
- Whole bunch of people showed up.
They had to take the tables out.
- I guess that was another thing too that kinda helped us
get our name out there.
You know, we brought all these people into this place
and a lot of people saw that so right after that first show,
they were texting us like, hey we heard about you all,
is there any way you'll all be down
to do this show or this show.
After the first show it kind of came easy.
Not to sound like a * * . (laughs)
♪ Now I have found what I can take from this
♪ Finally free to leave this black abyss
♪ Now I have found what I can take from this
♪ Finally free to leave this black abyss (shouting)
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