Anti-trafficking is a sacred cow, but behind this humanitarian concern is a century-old movement that historically reflects xenophobia and prostitution abolitionism.
The 20 minute introduction to the project is embedded above and available
for screening, with permission. https://vimeo.com/88627890 This preview offers a historical view of US 19th century anti-trafficking campaigns and a survey of contemporary trafficking portrayals in the media. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The feature length work-in-progress (segments below) is an in-depth examination the role of the United States in a campaign to further the criminalization of sex work around the globe, and the impact on sex workers internationally.
"When I first heard about the resurgence of the white slavery/trafficking framework, I knew that I had to show how this moral panic has historically resulted in discriminatory immigration policies, increased criminalization of sex work and few solutions for individuals who are victims of forced labor."
Written and Directed by Carol Leigh
Narated by Cosi Fabian
Illustrations by Willem Weijters
Featuring: Dr. Laura Agustin, Mariko Passion, Dr. Nandita Sharma, Dr. Kamala Kempadoo, Marjan Wijers, Esq., Dr. Grace Chang, Lin Chew, Dr. Molly Merryman, Noy Thrupkaew, Catherine Healy, Kara Gillies. Based on work from Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Empower Foundation, Global Network of Sex Work Projects, AIM for Human Rights, HumanRightsImpact.org, Women's Network for Unity, Police Prostitution and Politics, Lichado, International Human Rights Law Group, Center for Health and Gender Equity, and Open Society Foundation.
2 minute trailer-Collateral Damage: Sex Workers
and The Anti-Trafficking Campaigns
This two minute trailer focuses on broad issues of human rights in the context of anti-trafficking.
The following are individual segments are
from the longer work-in-progress:
Pt 1 Introduction and 19th-Early 20th Century History
Pt 2 Social Factors Leading to Resurgence of Anti-Trafficking
Pt 3-Drafting the Palermo Protocol (4:19)
Pt 4 Introduction to the United States Trafficking
Victims Protection Act and Policies that Impact Sex
Pt 5 The Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (4:14)
Pt 6 TIP Report and International Impact of US Policies
Pt 7 Unlikely Alliances: Feminists and Fundamentalists
Pt 8 Cambodia: The Frontlines of The War on Trafficking
The Rise and Fall of Somaly Mam (11:39) This
draft is of work from Asia Pacific Network of Sex
Work Projects, Women's Network for Unity, VICE News
"From Sex Worker to Seamstress: The High Cost
of Cheap Clothesm" and Anne Elizabeth Moore's
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This essay provides references to
recent writings on the subject of "The
Anti-trafficking Industrial Complex."
Additional segments to follow.
Full Artist Bio: http://bayswan.org/leigh_bio.html
Carol Leigh has been a sex worker and activist since
the late seventies. A writer and performance artist,
she coined the term "sex worker" in the late 70s.
She was lead writer of the San Francisco Board of
Supervisor's Task Force on Prostitution representing
San Francisco's Commission on the Status of Women.
She is a founding member of SWOP and a long time COYOTE
member. Leigh founded and co-produces the San Francisco
Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival (sexworkerfest.com).
Leigh received the Creative Work Fund Award for her
video documentation in conjunction with the Center
for Sex and Culture Sex Worker Media Library http://www.sexworkermedialibrary.org/.
Since the late seventies, Leigh has written and performed
political satire as "Scarlot Harlot," work
based on her experience as a prostitute and has toured
internationally and in the US with the Sex Worker
Art Show Tour. She has produced work in a variety
of genres on women's issues including her video, Blind
Eye To Justice: HIV+ Women Incarcerated in California
was narrated by Angela Davis. Leigh's book, "Unrepentant
Whore: The Collected Work of Scarlot Harlot"
was published by Last Gasp in 2003. Leigh presents
sex worker and human rights perspectives on trafficking
at Trafficking Policy Research Project: Examining
the Effects of U.S. Trafficking Laws and Policies