European Network Against Trafficking in Human Beings

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Trading Women

Document number
1590
Date
2003
Title
Trading Women
Author/publisher
By David A. Feingold, narrated by Angelina Jolie
Availability
LSI library
Document type(s)
Multimedia,
Keywords
Burma, China, Laos, Thailand, Documentary, Human trafficking, Women's rights; Women; Control and regulation of prostitution, Protection, Punishable forms of prostitution, Sexual exploitation,
Summary
Trading Women enters the worlds of brothel owners, trafficked girls, voluntary sex workers, corrupt police and anxious politicians. Filmed in Burma, China, Laos, and Thailand, this is the first film to follow the trade in women in all its complexity and to consider the impact of this 'far away' problem on the global community. Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie, the documentary investigates the trade in minority girls and women from the hill tribes of Burma, Laos and China, into the Thai sex industry. Filmed on location in China, Thailand and Burma, Trading Women follows the trade of women in all its complexity, entering the worlds of brothel owners, trafficked girls, voluntary sex-workers, corrupt police and anxious politicians. The film also explores the international community's response to the issue. The culmination of five years of field research, Trading Women is the first film to demonstrate to viewers the relationship of the trade in drugs to the trade of women. The film dispels common beliefs about the sex trade, such as: "The problem is the parents – it’s part of their culture to sell their daughters;" "The sex trade exists because of Western sex tours;" and "They sell their girls for TV's." Contact: docued@der.org, Contact Information: ophidianfilms@hotmail.com
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