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Unregistered/Angry Music for Happy People

2 student films from Texas Tech University. Unregistered and Angry Music for Happy People.

AIRED: February 18, 2017 | 0:21:43

(upbeat music)

- 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

and brainwashing.

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,

they're victims.

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)

(heavy metal)

- 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

of vocals.

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

or something.

- 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)

(upbeat music)


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