The awesome fearlessness of female undercover reporters | The New York Times Online

Going Undercover 
| Al Jazeera English

Undercover to Expose Sex Traffickers 
| BBC World's Outlook

"The Price of Sex" on Turkish TV
| CNN Turk

Correspondent Confidential
| VICE United States

UN.GIFT catches up with filmmaker Mimi Chakarova
| United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

A Human Life: Priceless No More
| The Ukrainian Week

Review | Global Policy Journal

WOMAN OF THE WEEK: MIMI CHAKAROVA | The Women in the World Foundation

Mimi Chakarova on CNN | Connect The World

Undercover Filmmaker | CNN Freedom Project

Mimi Chakarova on BBC World 

"Slavery 2012" Podcast | The Commonwealth Club of California

Interview with Mimi Chakarova | United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

Embassy of the United States of America | Ottawa

My Defining Moment: Mimi Chakarova | CBC

Video Interview with Mimi Chakarova | Reeling the Reel

Interview with Mimi Chakarova | Channel Guide Magazine

Skin Trade Exposed |

"The Price of Sex" Podcast | Human Rights Watch

"The Price of Sex" | Telegraph21

"The Price of Sex" Is a Work of Art Huffington Post 

The Price of Sex on CNN  

The Price of Sex (Web Exclusive) | Cineaste Magazine

Daniel Pearl Awards Winners Announced | iWatch News

Interview with Mimi Chakarova | Pop Culture Classics

Ten Years Underground: A Photojournalist’s Quest to Expose the Sex Trade | Her Circle e-zine

The Price of Sex: An Investigation of Sex Trafficking | USAID Impact Blog by Mimi Chakarova

The Price of Sex Variety 

Review of 'The Price of Sex' (Bulgarian) Kultura

FILM: So Much More Than Just 'Trafficked Women'

Women in Hollywood indieWIRE

Human Trafficking, The Terrible "Price of Sex" NPR Talk of the Nation (Radio)

Review: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2011 Film-Forward

Arts Express: Eco-Terrorists, Sex Slaves, And What's Up At The HRW Festival News Blaze (Radio)

Preview of the festival highlighting THE PRICE OF SEX (Russian) Reporter RU

Preview of the festival highlighting THE PRICE OF SEX (Russian)

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival Digs Deep, Asks the Hard Questions HuffPost

Almost Me Snap Judgment (Radio)

Exposing the Sex Traffickers The Crime Report

Journalist-Activist Chakarova Exposes ‘Price of Sex’ SF360

Women Make Movies Nabs Two Human Rights Films indieWIRE

An Interview with Mimi Chakarova Captive Daughters


Sixty-five years after the U.N. General Assembly signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we continue to witness the sale of human beings and the degradation of women's bodies and minds. THE PRICE of SEX gives you a sense of what trafficking does to women.

Now, we would like to hear from you: your reactions to the film and your solutions.  We hope a global conversation will begin and to assist it, the director of THE PRICE OF SEX and her team will respond in real time to your questions and solutions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Re: my reaction
I understand why. Thank you for sharing your reaction.
sex trafficking and pornography
A person who doesn't personally use the services of a sex worker thinks that they are not part of the whole web of sex trafficking. But I would think that any person who consumes pornography is also contributing to this world wide problem. And the use of pornography is trivialized and joked about in this country, as if it weren't adding to this trail of human misery. This is just my opinion (and I didn't see all of your documentary) but I was wondering if you have found any correlation between human trafficking and the pornography industry?
Re: sex trafficking and pornography
Yes, you are absolutely correct. You should take a look at the work and extensive research of Robert Jensen at the University of Texas at Austin.
Just watched the price of sex
First : it was a great documentary and truly enjoyed it. Secondly my heart goes out to the girls / young ladies that were kidnapped/ lied to. I have a 22 year old daughter very beautiful young lady that since birth I have often thought about things like that . She and my son(25) are now in Argentina on a missions trip with their /our church family. I told and stressed on and on always be with 3/4 people wherever you go. I don't know how I can help you and your cause but keep up the good work. God Bless You and please be careful
Re: Just watched the price of sex
Thank you for your kind words, Mr. Cellum. They are much appreciated.
Writing a Film Analysis Paper about the "Price of Sex"
Dear Mimi Chakarova, Today I watched your documentary, and felt very connected. I am an international student from Turkey. I am doing my masters degree in Radio, TV and Film; minoring at Women's Studies at the University of North Texas. This semester, I am taking Women in Film course, and International Documentary course. Your documentary is really interesting and great, and will let my professors know about it. Maybe, you would like to visit our university to screen your documentary as well as giving a presentation about your experiences. We would be very happy in our both departments--RTVF and Women's Studies (also International Studies). On Monday, I would contact with my professor to write my term paper about your documentary. Then, let you know about what my professor think about the idea. At the end of the semester, I can also share my film analysis paper with you via email. Since I am a student, and financially still depending on my family, I would like to ask you how can I help you for your project? Thank you for your time and effort that you made a very good documentary to create awareness about women trafficking. May life always supports you, and opens new doors with success, Gulin Eva
Re: Writing a Film Analysis Paper about the "Price of Sex"
Dear Gulin Eva, Thank you for your message and yes, I would love to receive your film analysis. Please send it here: And the best way you can help the project is by exactly what you're doing -- letting others know about the film and your reaction to it. Wishing you all my best, Mimi
The Reality of Men's Minds
In view of the depravity of men since documented history, it is illogical to ever expect them to be cured in our forseeable future. However, what is in wonderfully forseeable 21st century is that due to technology it is possible that women could band together with lightning speed that would make the Arab Spring look like a revolution by pigeon-messaging. We as responsible women are the only force powerful enough as a collective group to dethrone these men who have been the cause of every war and guilty of approximately 99.999...% of all violence in history. Only when we are thoroughly disgusted enough to displace them for the health, safety, and well-being of our ourselves and our children, as well as displace them from further abuse of political power, can we begin to reduce the screams that must have reached the heavenly powers by now. They have certainly done this to themselves, and we women should weigh carefully any irrational notion that they will ever get better. This film shows that they could not get any worse. Only self-respecting women can bring the humanity needed for a humane world. We must join together to accomplish it; we must see them for the ugly reality that they are. I can personally testify that they are living pornography who defile women with every thought they think, but M. Chakarova has captured it thoroughly in her film with unimaginable courage. What the hell was 'God' thinking when he paired us together? Only 'God' knows the answer to this grave injustice.
Demand for girls
After watching this; & doing further research - how can this ever stop when there is a demand for girls in clubs/brothels worldwide? From what ive discovered - these clubs & girls are used & requested by the very rich/powerful people including senior government officials etc. How do you tackle a demand at that level?
Re: Demand for girls
You are absolutely right. We must tackle this in two ways and simultaneously -- by restructuring our understanding of accountability and by changing the mentality of demand. The latter will take much longer to achieve but when done in conjunction with law & justice, it's always more effective. If we call trafficking for what it really is -- systematic rape -- and the men who engage see it in its true light, we can reduce the numbers. But there is a third component -- social systems. We, as people and governments, must protect our most vulnerable. I'm sure it comes as no surprise to you that the majority of women and girls who are sold as slaves come from dire poverty, have no rights and ways for their families to find them.
Re: Demand for girls
Its a obviously not a quick fix & I dont think it will ever be completely stopped. Realistically do you think the situation will actually improve over the coming years? From what ive seen & read I get the impression that its like fighting a battle thats almost impossible to win. Very depressing. Like you said it will take a collective effort from numerous authorities/people - that wont be easy..
This film moved me. In Ecuador we are organizing a film festival STOP SEXUAL EXPLOITATION and we would like project this incredible documental film. How can we contact with you to achieve project this material in our film festival?.
Thank you very much for your note. Please contact Maelle Guenegues at
Thanks!!! We will contact with yours.
is there any dating sites affiliated with this type of trafficking
I'm on a dating site called dream marriage , and I just don't want to contribute any money to these bastards so do you know where I could get a list of dating sites that r free of these criminals. I think you are doing a great thing for these girls. Keep up the good work.
thiis movie turned me on
i immediately went and masturbated
Re: thiis movie turned me on
Maybe you'll get lucky, Amanda, and you'll get trafficked and fat, sweaty pigs can turn you on all day.
Wanting to help
I accidentally entered your site, watched some stories, and I must say, I want to vomit. Is there any possible way how can I help? I am graduated lawyer with specialization in criminal law.
Re: Wanting to help
Dear Mr. Neumann, I'm glad that you had the chance to watch these women's stories, even if by accident. Please click on "Get Involved" on the site. You can also get int touch with La Strada in Prague and see what type of help they can benefit from. I know they are battling corruption and complacency as many others are as well. Thank you for posting your note. My best, Mimi Chakarova
Each person can do her part and open the minds of those around them
Hello My name is Maria, I live in Portugal and I saw your documentary 'The price of Sex' a few weeks ago. Since then I've been trying to reach you. I'm an actress and your film documentary was so strong that i couldn't forget it. It stayed in my mind! I'm contacting you because I would like to do a theater play based on it. Show the world, make people think about that reality, that can only be change by us. I would just like your permission to use some images. We are not a funded company. It's just me and some friends that want to make a difference and touch peoples hearts regarding this issue. I see art as an ability to shape mind, educate, make a difference. As an actress I'm currently working with children, of underprivileged neighborhoods, on a project called Education Through Art. If you would like more information about myself or the project I will gladly send you my resume. Hope to hear from you soon Sincerely Maria Ladeira
Wanting to help
After watching the documentary on human trafficking I was moved to tears and felt a tremendous amount of emotional pain for these women. They can never be the same after their experiences. I would love to know how I can help other than financial assistance alone. I would like to know how an organization of group of people can help young pre-teens/teens get international papers needed to get Visas in America and house some of these young girls in our safe homes. Give them a chance to improve their education, skills, talents, and to have a life of oppurtunity instead of hopelessness. Alice Bennett
Thank you for this Documentary
I only saw a few portions of your documentary on the doc channel here in the US, and just from what I saw I was horrified and appalled. I have seen other documentaries on human trafficking an sex-slavery, such as "Sex Slaves in the Suburbs" by MSNBC which is about sex trafficking in America. And I watched half of the movie "The Whistleblower" which is about sex trafficking in Bosnia based on a true story (I was too horrified to watch the rest of it). From what I saw of your documentary, it was very moving, and portrayed the reality of sex trafficking better then other documentaries I have seen. I also watched the slideshow on your main website ( which was extremely moving. The quote about the girl saying she was locked in a room with 12 men for 4 days made me want to cry. The horrors these women go through is unimaginable. In my opinion though, one of the root causes of this horrible tragedy is capitalism and the severe poverty that capitalism creates in these areas. You said in your film and this started happening after the fall of Communism. I don't necessarily believe in communism, but was communism better for this region where these women are being taken from? The reason why I saw capitalism is one of the root causes of this travesty is because of something that I heard Chis Hedges say, which is that in capitalism nothing is sacred, not even human beings, and everything is viewed as a commodity. This sounds exactly how these traffickers view these women, as commodities to profit from. The other reason I think capitalism is a root cause of this is because it seems to create immense wealth for a very few and leaves everyone else extremely poor (i.e. extreme wealth distribution inequality). Also, in response to some of the comments that I read, I wanted to mention that there is a major difference between prostitution and sex trafficking/sex slavery. The women in this documentary were sex slaves they were not prostitutes. I think if prostitution were legal though, it would help alleviate this problem. One last thing. I saw the part where you interviewed one the the "Johns" who would go to the brothels in the poorest areas, and who was also a cop (disgusting). Did you tell him that the women were being held at those brothels against their will? It sounded like he thought they chose to work there on their own. He said he respected them because they were working. WFT! Did he know that they didn't keep any of the money he gave them? That he was really giving his money to pimps and traffickers.
Re: Thank you for this Documentary
While I appreciate your perspective on the freedom to abuse under capitalism, please remember there are many abuses under a variety of systems and regimes. The problem is the human heart...a lack of conscience and morality. Thankfully, we have the freedom also under capitalism to do good unto the causes which break our hearts such as this one.
Screening at USC Writer & director, Mimi Chakarova, speaks at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles after the screening of her film The Price of Sex.
Re: Screening at USC

Thank you.

Mimi- I have been recently hearing more and more about the material you covered in your film on the sex trade. I admire the courage it must take to engage with these realities to the level that you do. Thank you for the risks you have taken so more light is shed on these situations. I learned much from Price Of Sex. Blessings Maximus
Shouldn't this be avaiable, free on the internet?
I just watched it and my first reaction was to go over to facebook and post the video. I found out that I couldn't. You have other documentaries (for example "dark chocolate" about child slavery) freely available on the internet. Of course it's not good quality (that's the motivation to buy the dvd then), but people may see it. I understand you need revenues from your fantastic work and you deserve it. But this should be available to everyone to watch it. If it wouldn't have been for my intelligent parents I wouldn't have seen it. Here in Portugal it was broadcasted on the less important channel. I think it is possible to earn money with youtube when there are a lot of people watching it. I ask you to consider that. Because this is important. I am really shocked.
Re: Shouldn't this be avaiable, free on the internet?
Dear Miguel, Thank you for your comment. I made a decision early on that I wanted the help of experienced and conscientious distributors, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Women Make Movies, our U.S. distributor, excels in promoting films in the university, library and nonprofit arena and I wanted young people to watch this film and be aware of the issues addressed. Our distributor in Europe does an excellent job with international broadcast and at this point, I can comfortably say that "The Price of Sex" has reached viewers throughout the world and continues to do so. Yes, the film will be available online and what you wrote is something I think about as well. All my best, Mimi
I was very moved by the plight of these women!
As an American I am a poor person, thats is when it comes to money,ect., but when I watched this movie I became aware of how rich I am. Not only in the money but in the way we live. I live in the riches country in the world & I feel ashamed. I've offen complained about how much it cost to live. I now see I don't have the right to complain about the little things that go on in my life as these. These people, young girls, women taken from their homes, or tricked into leaving home & turned into slaves for eval men & women to get rich from their suffering.What kind of people can live with themself after doing this to another? I have watched a lot of documentories but this was one of the best. It made me feel like I had to say, "Wayne you are a bastard if you don't try an help." Each year I have 4 charties I give a donation to. This is not a lot of money, but I would be willing to make it (1) donation a year: To your organation. I'll do what I can to help you get the message out there for these people, or you can use the donation to help the victums, or in any way you see fit to help these people. I've seen a lot of bad things happen to good people, but to have someone do this to others is one of the worst things I've ever heard of. This must be stopped! I don't beleive the U.S. has not been more involved, If in no other way letting the people know about these happenings. Mimi Chakarova need to be commended for her part along with all who risk their lives filming this great movie. You give me hope that in this mad world there is love, not for only one self & family but for everyone. May GOD forgive those who are doing this to these young women because I don't know if I can. At least for now. A fitting punishment would be for them to suffer the fate they made their victums go through! I don't what to end on a bad thought so may all of your days be like the best day of your life, & GOD bless you and all you will ever do! With my thanks, Wayne Harris Please us my e-mail to let me know how I can help. 7-15-2012
Re: I was very moved by the plight of these women!
Dear Wayne, thank you for your earnest and thoughtful note. I am so glad that after watching "The Price of Sex" you were moved to action. Unfortunately, trafficking exists in the U.S. as well and many young women are sold against their will in different states of this country -- California, Texas and New York are leading in numbers. But you are right, the poverty and desperation that exist in other parts of the world aren't comparable. If you would like to get involved, here is how: You can also inform others of what you've learned. I would be grateful if you do. My best, Mimi
Thank You
I am an American woman who once trafficked herself under the illusion of power and freedom. I have never endured any of the tortures of women trafficked against their will. But by God's design, I have such a passion and heart for the fight to end human sex trafficking in my lifetime. I have been a committed activist for the last three years, working with amazing organizations like SCTNow and the Trafficking In America Task Force. One of the key components I find missing in the war against trafficking is lack of media resources and quality documentation to spread awareness. I watched "The Price of Sex" for the first time tonight, and was so moved. It is the best documentary on this issue I have ever seen. I think everyone, EVERYONE should be required to watch it. I know the facts about sex trafficking and yet my heart broke all over again as I watched it. You have a gift. Thank you so much for using it to make a difference. Thank you for giving these women a voice. You are an inspiration.
Re: Thank You
Dear Janelle, Thank you for posting your comment and for contributing to this public and international discourse. My hope has always been that the more people who see the film and share their own experiences and reactions, the more likely it is for us as a whole to change perceptions and reduce stigma surrounding trafficking. And I truly appreciate your kind words. All my best, Mimi
A very well covered story. It is sickening how these horrific acts happen in today's world. My heart goes out to all the women who are living in these situation. I'm glad I had a chance to watch your film. Thank you!
Re: Enlightening!
My team and I appreciate your kind words. Thank you for watching "The Price of Sex."
Thank you for opening my eyes
My family has always been well off so I've never felt the threats and hardships these women have seen and experience.This has really made me grateful of wat I have and sad to see so many girls and women are being hurt so bad and to know that most of their hardships start at home. As an american girl I have always though "no that can't happen to me or no way can such things still be thriving in our modern times" which really made this documentary shock me. In school we are being asked to write letters about a problem in the world that we have heard of and was wondering if you could tell me who I could send one to help fight this growing problem.
Re: Thank you for opening my eyes
Jasmine, you should look into this: And thank you for writing!
it is amazing..wot uv put urself thru to document ol of this.. not to mention the courage it took for the rest of the people whov been interviewd! i salute u for this awe inspiring piece of work! i feel and i would real like to request u to screen this movie here in india as well...
Re: Inspiring!
Thank you for your comment. I hope to come to India and screen the film there in November.
Thank you so much
Thank you for making this film - I am so moved. I am a graduate student and recently shared your work with my Sex, Power & Politics class. I hope we will have a chance for another screening in New York!
Re: Thank you so much
Thank you for your kind words. Please check the "screenings" page for future events in NYC.
Thank-you for your bravery
I just finished watching your documentary and I'm just shaking and crying right now . As a daughter a mother a sister and a friend I feel absolutely so desperate right now . I just wanted so badly to jump into the screen and take them with me . The post traumatic stress disorders these women are going through make me want to scream . I am amazed at how much restraint you had when you interviewed those johns , I couldn't have done it ! You are strong . Please anyone who reads this and has a son please teach him to have empathy , and to respect women . I'm thankful for the documentary channel for airing this , I wish the media would talk about this , instead of who wore what designer all the time . I wish organisations like PETA would stop with the sexism , I wish sports would treat women not as models but real athletes , but most of all I wish there was something I could do . It starts with me ......
Re: Thank-you for your bravery
You are absolutely right. It does start with you. The fact that you watched the film, posted your comment and are thinking of ways to help are all commendable. You can get involved by spreading the word – by letting as many people as possible know about what you've learned. Thank you for your thoughtful note!
Thank you
Mimi, I saw your documentary tonight 04/29 and hit me pretty strong. Of course I had heard of the sex trade for years. But your film seemed to put a person within the same walls as the young women that have been and are being subjected to this tragedy. I do realize they think they are going to greener pastures and may be able to send monies home to family. Easy prey as you put it. The fact they are young and want nice western things and lifestyle is so strongly desired, it blinds them to any stranger that comes up and makes a presummedly legitimate offer to work in the US or other western country. Your film made my heart hurt for the women shown and their stories. And I wish I could bring them here or directly support their families in some way. I read through some emails here and get the same feelings from some of them. As a gentleman and a Texan, it makes me want to go to these people that kidnap these girls and do them harm or make it where they would no longer think of doing it. It is just my nature because I was a bouncer and bodyguard as a profession and men here do not tolerate people like that. But we know it is impossible to deliver a taste of their own medicine to them. But I truly wish I could play an active role in helping these girls. I can only donate and spread the word of your work to help with donations. I understand that it is the corrution and misuse of funds sent for the purpose of helping. If only the US or United Nations would make sure the monies donated would get to them. An enforcer of sorts, to personally deliver the aid to them. That I would surely do if I could. I am sure you have read emails similiar to mine many times. I want to thank you for all you do and the risks you take to expose this. That you are very dedicated and brave. To continue your effort, but please be careful in these countries. I have been in a position of dealing with corruption in a foreign country and it is iffy that you get out of it or not. So I wish good blessings for you and your safety. You are doing wonderful things and should be proud and I hope you can bring attention to authorities that will truly take a stand against this horrible situation. If you need a bodyguard on any trip, I am at your disposal. It would give me great pleasure to help stop this and insure your safety. Regards and good luck and bless your heart for your efforts, Jack
Re: Thank you
Dear Jack, thank you for your warm and compassionate comment. I've received so many emails and letters since we released the film in 2011. And it's kind offers like yours that reinforce my belief in humanity. I sincerely appreciate it. All the best, Mimi
I call rubbish about this whole charade.
As someone who has worked in Eastern European nations as an AID contractor and direct hire (PSC/CTO) I believe that these stories of trafficking unsuspecting naive angelic blond angels and turning them into hardened harlots are grossly misrepresentative of the situation and highly sensationalized. Now, as in post early 21st century, the vast majority of these women know full well they will trade flesh for cash abroad and willingly, or at least apathetically, do so. I worked for a multinational development contractor and found myself as the (acting) DCOP of an anti-trafficking initiative in a FSU country. After a day or two in the office where i oversaw the doling out of various vouchers and public information campaigns I was really saddened at the stories that I heard the girls tell to the local staff. My russian was not perfect but good enough. Then later that week I saw a supposedly devastated girl in the city's poshest night club decked out to the 9s partying the night away. I saw her again the next week get into a brand new mid-range car. She was supposedly indignant, illiterate, and spoke no English. When she came into the office a few weeks later to get some another handout, I obtained her passport for a few moments, and saw no less than ten sojurns to turkey and the uae. The girl maintained that she had only been abroad once and was tricked into doing so. When I asked her again, she said that she had been on "holiday" to Dubai and Turkey. A poor indignant farm girl does not have the money to secure a visa and vacation abroad. After working on the project for a few months and drinking a lot with the local cops and pols I was convinced that forced trafficking does not really exist anymore. The truth is more complex: The girls are normally poor, lazy, and often malleable...although many are savvy and have been educated as doctors, nurses, and avocats. They don't have much cash but are told they can make the equivalent of one years salary in weeks abroad as hookers. The mamasan/pimp/broker takes a fee from 5-7k to turkey up to 20k in Dubai to cover expenses--visa fees, airfare, housing, food, clothing--for the girls. The girls must work to pay off the house fee and then get a cut...between 30-75%....of what they make after they pay off the pimp figure. It sounds like a lot of dough but some girls can easily make 10k+ a month in Dubai and Istanbul after house fees. That's a lotta loot for a poor gal from Kharkov. What often happens is that the girls decide they dont want to be hookers --understandably so-- and want to leave before they pay off the pimp figure. This obviously causes a problem. And while most of these pimps are business people who would rather kick a girl out then beat her up over a few grand in airfare...the heat/pay offs to the police for a problem is not in their fiscal interests... many are mean and abusive people and are not nice to the girls...and there are many women who are more than willing to sell their bodies for the cash to support their families and fund lavish lifestyles so enslaving people is not prudent...clubs, clothes, cars, etc...if you ever hit a nice club in vegas and see a bunch of pretty guady girls blowing cash like armegeden is upon us you know what I mean. These strippers/hookers love the life. Most Yanks can't fathom why a woman would opt to hook as opposed to work in a factory for peanuts. In many parts of the world being a hooker is not a bad option in relation to the other options available. yes, it's a Faustian choice but life is short, nasty, and brutish. Please note that I do not support prostitution and expect a bunch of lifetime viewing Oprah watching suburbanites to flame the heck outta me...but as long as their is poverty and envy people will do unsavory things to get money. Sorry but facts are facts.
Re: I call rubbish about this whole charade.
That may be true for those women that have chosen this lifestyle, but this is an injustice for the ones that have been forced into it or are trapped in it for whatever reason, and something has to be done!
Re: I call rubbish about this whole charade.
I would like to address you by your real name, but unfortunately that's not an option here or in the email you sent me. First of all, thank you. I have the feeling that my response or film won't probably change your perception, however, the reason for this page is to offer a platform for a public discourse. I've met too many young women in the last 10 years who've been broken and reduced to living like ghosts. I've been in homes where a girl wouldn't eat out of the same plate as her mother out of shame. I've seen drunk fathers call trafficked girls the same adjectives you use: "lazy," naive, stupid "hookers." And I can also tell by your "angelic blond angels" reference that you haven't had the chance to watch "The Price of Sex." I hope you do and that it reveals a deeper understanding of what many young women survive to tell. I wish you all the best, Mimi Chakarova
Re: I call rubbish about this whole charade.
Ms. Chakarova, Reasonable response. I concede that my facts are largely irrelevant to the greater issue. You are correct that the sexual servitude that these poor souls endure lays the groundwork for profound psychological trauma and dysfuntionaity for a long time to come. It matters very little if the girls are coerced or freely enter into the illicit contract. It’s not like anyone’s little girl grows up wanting to be a prostitute. Ditto for the money that the girls earn too. So what if the women spend the dough…they certainly earned it.*** FYI: most of them just blow it on silly stuff although a few set themselves up quite well with the proceeds. *** I suppose my question is are you making a movie simply to broaden awareness of the ills of prostitution? If so, bravo…the portion that I saw of your film was done well. It’s your film and you are fit to present your argument in any way you wish. Or are you an activist wanting to make a difference? If it’s the latter, I think it’s a losing battle. The fight is not against trafficking. The war is against poverty and their own sorry ass men. 90% of the women that I know in this business--and I know a lot—don’t have a father that owns up to his responsibilities and takes care of his daughter and raises her properly. The aftermath of the dissolution of the USSR made many of their fathers absent at best and useless abusive drunks at worst. The girls don’t have dads who teach them values or put food on the table. That, combined with poverty can be a noxious cocktail for a young lady with few options. While it’s rare that they sell their daughters and sisters into prostitution, I have seen nieces, “boyfriends” and villagemates all hock their womenfolk for a few hundred Euros. It’s disgusting. And yes, the local police and immigration folk often are in on the action. In one FSU country the head of anti-trafficking unit was found to be quite complicit in selling girls. Prostitution has always been an (awful) option for poor and disenfranchised women throughout civilization. Unfortunately, it always will be. No development program will change this ugly fact. As the rift grows between the haves and the have nots it will only get worse. American women are being trafficked within US boarders and many so called normal Western girls are engaging in quasi if not outright prostitution all across America. What solution do you envision? Forgive me for not disclosing my real name and using a proxy server anonymizer. Being perceived to not tow the company line on this issue would be detrimental to my career.
Re: I call rubbish about this whole charade.
yes ,you don't reveal your idenity because you are a coward and display beliefs as backwards as the people that traffic these women .poverty can cause desperation to many people but i truly believe these women are tricked into going to other countries for real jobs but when they get there its anything but what they were promised. i think bringing world wide awareness to the problem of human trafficking is a key to prevention.i'm amazed at your lack of empathy for others!! some of the adjectives you use to descibe women gives an insight into your mentality!! you lack knowledge of the world wide problem and your comments lack crediability!!
Re: I call rubbish about this whole charade.
Again, I have to say how much I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. You ask if we made the film to raise awareness. Yes. You'd be surprised how many people don't know what "human trafficking" entails. Which brings me to something else you mention. There is a big distinction between sexual slavery and prostitution. The film is about women sold into prostitution against their will and often locked in apartments, basements, hotel rooms in red light districts -- starved, beaten, gang raped, videotaped -- "If you ever try to run away, we'll send this to your family back home" -- and broken. Am I trying to change things? Absolutely. That's the power of film. It reaches millions and has the ability to raise questions by connecting the dots. Now, you are absolutely correct. It's not a simple solution. Poverty and desperation are at the core of why people get sold. But I grew up in poverty in Bulgaria and during that time, we didn't sell one another or prostitute ourselves. You have to add another element -- the family structure, in many cases, collapsed along with communism. It was the law of the jungle. Those who had resources fled immediately. Those who remained, continued with visions of a better life in the West. And many fell through the cracks of migration. Educating people is not enough. Unless we offer better economic opportunities, young women (and men) will continue to be at risk. The village where I grew up used to have 5,000 residents. A couple of years ago, there were hardly 500 people left. And most were the elderly. I'm sure you've seen many ghost towns with your own eyes. But so far, all we've written about is the supply of the equation -- where the women come from. The demand is what I've been after. I disagree with you on one point. If we throw our hands in the air and say, "This will always exist. It's part of human nature," then we are accepting something that should never be acceptable. In the ten years it took to make this film, people often asked me why I am wasting my time. "These women will never go on camera. These pimps will never talk to you. You can never expose corruption." If I believed these statements, I would have stopped. But there is a greater purpose of exposing what many don't want to see. By raising the public's consciousness, you ask people to think about their own patterns, perceptions, ways they treat one another. I can give you countless examples of conversations I've had with men and women, emails I've received, actions that would have never occurred had I decided years ago that it's all hopeless. I don't think it is and I am the last person to offer you a naive perspective.
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