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Book and Film on Sex Trafficking Reproduce Trafficker-Victim Dynamic

raw voices sound raw because they were stolen voices

Forum: WMST-L
Date: 06/13/2012

On Jun 13, 2012, at 4:22 AM, Karen Boyle wrote:

I am looking for suggestions for feature films about child sexual abuse/ exploitation for an event organised annually by a feminist anti-violence organisation in Glasgow to mark the month of action against child sexual abuse in September.

On Jun 13, 2012, at 9:03 AM, Gail Dines wrote:

What about Bastard out of Carolina? It is a great book and a well adapted film.

"Bastard Out of Carolina" changed my life as a survivor and a queer girl--in fact it was the first feminist or queer book I read. But the film adaptation has horrible class politics (prejudiced and unrealistic depictions of poverty in the South) and I would not recommend its use without a serious discussion about it.

Also, GEMS has a film out called Very Young Girls about teen girls who are prostituted in NY.

Girls who are shown in the film telling their stories were forced by the criminal justice system to be there, and were not consulted about how their video would be used and did not consent to it. The same goes for the girls whose stories are liberally retold in Lloyd's book, "Girls Like Us." Recruitment + coercion + exploitation = human trafficking.

Emi Koyama

Forum: WMST-L
Date: 06/13/2012

Karen + WMSTLers,

I suggest that you take a look at Secret Survivors, which according to its website is "an interview-based theater project by NYC-based theater company, Ping Chong & Company, featuring adult survivors of child sexual abuse telling their personal stories on stage."

Earlier this year, the producers of Secret Survivors successfully crowdfunded a project to make a DVD and educational toolkit featuring this performance, and they will be premiering it at the upcoming Allied Media Conference.

I'm sure that the DVD will become available for screening, if not purchasing, by September. I am looking forward to the relase, as there is a group locally (Portland, Oregon) that is considering creating its own Secret Survivors performance.

Emi Koyama