verb ( skimmed, skimming ) go or move quickly and lightly over or on a surface.
Human trafficking and exploitation in Costa Rica is a very complicated and tragic reality. On September 17, 2011 a group of 11 filmmakers with Freedom Street Ministries began a journey to go beneath the surface of this issue. In our planning days we have hoped that we could gather enough footage in two weeks that would present the problem.
Our hopes were grossly underestimated. We have only skimmed the surface.
Our two weeks quickly passed as we interviewed government officials such
as the director of the Ministry of Immigration, the Minister of Peace
and Justice, a prosecuting attorney in the Justice Department and
several others. We spoke with NGOs and various faith-based organizations
such as Alliance for Your Rights, World Vision and the International
In all these interviews we found many people who care deeply about the
victims of exploitation and are working hard to do something to stop
this modern form of slavery. Yes, corruption in the Costa Rican
government and organized crime are playing a huge role but more so the
lack of funding, confusion in defining the crime and a general lack of
understanding of the issue keep law makers, law enforcement and
activists from effecting change.
The director of Immigration Kathryn Rodrigez said, "We are just
beginning to pull back the curtain of exploitation within Costa Rica."
And so it with our team as we work to present the realities of
trafficking and exploitation in the streets, homes and neighborhoods of
Costa Rica. In many ways we feel we have only just begun our journey.
Over the next few months we will be organizing our next level of filming
and planning a time to execute it. We have connections that will enable
us to interview the current president of Costa Rica as well as former
president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias. Other connections
are giving us the opportunity to interview a few child victims of
This reality is not an issue that can be skimmed over. We hope to dive deep and continue our journey.