The 2012 Film Forum: Fighting Trafficking through Film was held to harness the visceral power of film to illuminate the issues of commercial sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery.
Girls Like Us presents a dual story thread. One is Lloyd’s personal narrative; the other is a primer on what trafficked American girls are up against.
The story’s trajectory follows Kathryn Bokovac from her discovery of trafficking corruption, complicity, and cover-ups through her efforts to report her findings—despite files of evidence disappearing and witness tampering.
On the buying of sex, Sakow said, “Where there’s men, there’s trafficking. It has nothing to do with religion.”
Client 9 delves into an interesting set of circumstances. However, it is not built upon the questions that I brought to the film.
Most of the local news stories gave little to no insight to the aspects of human trafficking apparent in this case, nor the prevalence of this activity on New York City streets.
Madeleine Albright’s most arresting comment was the analogy, “Women in a country are like the canary in the coal mine.”
As Matthews repeatedly called him “Governor,” I wondered what the exact protocol was for retaining your title even after you have resigned in disgrace.
Prominently featured in Fatal Promises is actress and activist Emma Thompson. In addition to making powerful public service announcements, Thompson is the co-curator (with Elena, a trafficking survivor), of the interactive art installation Journey. The work puts the viewer directly into the experience of a sexually trafficked woman.
For health workers, the core matter is saving lives through the prevention of spreading AIDS. Anti-trafficking activists are goal-driven to free women and children from conditions where they may be forced to have sex 10 to 30 times per day.