The collection below are from the library and feature length work-in-progress, “Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns.” These short clips are for discussion purposes for classroom use.
The “Collateral Damage” project examines the role and history of United States anti-trafficking campaigns and the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers internationally.
Dr. Nandita Sharma on the Right to Move
This short clip from Dr. Nandita Sharma invokes a rarely discussed or acknowledged right. This interview is from feature length work-in-progress, “Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns” sexworkermedialibrary.org/CollateralDamage. Collateral Damage examines the role and history of United States anti-trafficking campaigns and the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers internationally.
Feminist Theory- Deconstructing Anti-Trafficking Framework(s)
Director Carol Leigh: I ran across this speech a few years ago. I was surprised and actually amused at CM’s extremely retro sensibility about sex (from 2009). I was struck by her subdued outrage, as she explained that “…in prostitution, women have sex with men they would never otherwise have sex with…” Her analysis seemed displaced in time, as if there had never been any discourse about the confinement and suppression of women’s sexual activities and expression.
This reveals an important element in the deconstruction of ‘anti-trafficking’ in the way it relates to prostitution/sex work. This speech demonstrates that an essential basis of the anti-prostitution/anti-trafficking sensibility is sexual repression of, rather than assistance for women. This clip would make an interesting discussion piece in the context of anti-trafficking analysis.
Dr. Kamala Kempadoo: Neocolonialism, The Savior Stance
This 1 minute clip from Dr. Kamala Kempadoo discusses neocolonlialsm as examined in the study of development and of trafficking. This interview is from feature length work-in-progress, “Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns”sexworkermedialibrary.org/CollateralDamage. Collateral Damage examines the role and history of United States anti-trafficking campaigns and the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers internationally.
This short segment reflects one element of anti-trafficking advertising, an odd view of ‘god’s plan’ produced in conjunction with the Hunt sisters’ Demand Abolition campaign.
Professor Dina Haynes- Celebrification of Trafficking
Dina Haynes, Professor of Law, New England College of Law. (Boston, MA) presented this short speech as part of a panel at a conference, “From Prosecution to Empowerment” at USC Santa Barbara
This is an excerpt from a panel, also included at part of this archive:
The text of her extensive work work about the Celebrification of Trafficking is available here:traffickingroundtable.org/2012/10/the-celebrification-of-human-trafficking-part-1-in-a-six-part-series/
Corrupt Oakland Police as Anti-Trafficking Heros: 21st Century Paternalism
“Are the same police officers who are being evaluated for brutality and violence going to treat young girls who are basically expendable, who are on the street, part of the street economy? The way that prostitution and other kinds of status offenses are used and exerted is really about social control and about eradicating undesirables, much more so than it’s about helping anyone.”
“I see the anti-trafficking movement and the fervor around ‘white slavery’ as being part of a tradition of paternalism around criminal legal issues in general and, quite frankly, as part of a pattern of white supremacy and social control in the fabric of our culture.”
Introducing this panel was a movie, “Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns” about the ‘White Slavery’ campaigns of the 19th and early 20th Century.
Featuring adjunct professor Cynthia Chandler, March 5th, 2013
at Golden Gate University organized by law student, Kristina Dolgin of SWOP Bay Area, Sex Workers Outreach Project and founder of Red Light Legal.
The GGU chapter of the National Lawyers Guild presented this panel on the consequences of mainstream anti-human trafficking campaigns and Prop 35.
Cynthia Chandler was the Co-Founder former Executive Director of Justice Now, a human rights organization building a movement among women in prison and local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons. Cynthia has helped launch several other social justice organizations, including Critical Resistance; TGI Justice Project; and the Eviction Defense Center.
They’re Selling A Lie
This is a very disturbing piece of history that I put together out of frustration with the insults hurled at sex workers by prostitution abolitionists. Both women have since passed. How can one rest in peace?
Robyn Few was founder of SWOP, sex worker since she was young and worked in many parts of the business.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robyn_Few
Norma Hotaling was founder of the now defunct SAGE.
Lin Chew-Drafting of the UN Trafficking Protocol
This 1 minute clip includes a short interview with Lin Chew about her participation in the drafting of the UN Trafficking Protocol in Vienna. Extensive information can be found in this account of the negotiations: bayswan.org/traffick/NEMESIS_Ditmore.PDF