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The Price of Sex

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Intimate and revealing, The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a world of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by the young women who refused to be silenced by shame, fear, and violence. Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal journey¬–exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.
(2011 Nestor Almendros Award Winner)

Human Rights Watch has documented the trafficking of women and girls into forced prostitution in places such as post-conflict Bosnia and Côte d’Ivoire as well as exposed the abuses and violations sex workers face at the hands of police, officials, and private individuals–sometimes in the name of combating trafficking. Human Rights Watch has also been a leading advocate in exposing human trafficking–predominantly of women and girls–in other fields such as domestic work, where women and girls are often deceived into working in slave like conditions, enduring physical, mental and sexual abuse with no access to justice.