Dear John, buying sex? Your most recent purchase might just be recorded.
Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova takes viewers on an in-depth and intimate look at the sex industry across the whole of Europe and the Middle East in her documentary, The Price of Sex: An Investigation of Sex Trafficking, screening Wednesday, March 21 at Boston College.
Chakarova grants viewers a personalized look into the heart of the blossoming sex industry that has thousands of girls -- some as young as 13 -- hopeless for a life devoid of violence, rape and mental bondage.
Already the official selection of eight international film festivals, The Price of Sex offers a rare look at the degrading and dehumanizing effects on the everyday women sold into the industry. Personal interviews with women and their traffickers place expose new aspects of the industry and offer viewers unparalleled insight. The film even includes a look at the industry from the Johns’ perspective.
Coercion into the sex industry isn’t as hard to avoid as one may think, and prostitution is a harsh reality for tens of thousands around the world. Difficult economic and social conditions have brought many women to their breaking point: work is hard to come by, and desperation leads them to seek work opportunities abroad to sustain their families.
In fact, most women are trafficked by someone they already know; roughly 60% are recruited by other women to accept job offers internationally -- not realizing this “work abroad” is too often an endless, hopeless cycle of abuse, debt, mental anguish and prostitution.
Women are bought and sold multiple times over, often transported across multiple borders, are deprived of their identities, and believe any attempt at freedom is a hopeless cause.
Following the film screening, there will be a Q&A.
THE PRICE OF SEX: AN INVESTIGATION OF SEX TRAFFICKING
BOSTON COLLEGE: CUSHING HALL 001
140 COMM. AVE., BOSTON