This segment reviews the impacts of US funding priorities, empowering fundamentalist religious and feminist organizations to further anti-prostitution agendas throughout the world. (work-in-progress)
This work includes short segments of a history focusing on the impact of anti-trafficking campaigns on sex workers within the last century, and the role of the US in a campaign to further the criminalization of sex work around the globe.
Anti-trafficking is a sacred cow, but behind this humanitarian concern is a century-old movement that historically reflects xenophobia and prostitution abolitionism. This trailer offers a historical review of a 19th century anti-trafficking campaigns and a survey of trafficking portrayals in the media. “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.”