Virtual reality brings reality of sex trade to viewers

Photo by Reuters: Benoit Tessier

Photo by Reuters: Benoit Tessier

MUMBAI, March 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Virtual reality - used in gaming to bring players close to the action - is for the first time being deployed to fight human trafficking, with a documentary chronicling one girl's descent into the Indian sex trade.

The documentary uses so-called VR technology to immerse viewers into the reality of life for a young country girl who is married off by her father then trafficked into a brothel.

"Virtual reality is a powerful form of storytelling and the cause will get more attention from the world over," Hannah Norling, of My Choices Foundation, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Thursday.

The non-profit foundation partnered with the charitable arm of a U.S. virtual reality tech firm, Oculus, to make the film, which will premiere at a Texas film festival this month.