At Project Respect we encourage the public to learn more about the issues facing women in the sex industry, including human trafficking. For this reason we have included below a number of resources for you to watch, read and listen to.
Please be aware that the content is addressing issues of an extremely sensitive nature and may be disturbing to some viewers. Project Respect recommends viewing be limited to individuals aged 18 years and over.
The Age multimedia page on trafficking in persons - This page first published by The Age in July 2009 provides excellent insight into the world of sex trafficking in Australia. From interviews with police and brothel owners to first hand accounts from women who have survived the horror of trafficking.
A survivor of sex trafficking in Australia speaks - A young Thai women speaks with Richelle Hunt about her experience as a victim of Sex trafficking in Australia.
Sex Slavery: 4 Corners Investigation - This shocking 4 Corners investigation begins in brothels in Australia's major cities, using public records and information gathered from industry insiders, including Project Respect's Kathleen Maltzhan and Kelly Hinton..
The Journey: A short film on sex trafficking Part 2. with Emma Thompson - This two part short film by Emma Thompson reveals the shocking reality of fear and horror experienced by woman who are trafficked.
Trafficking in Women - UNODC Public Service Announcement - A satirical message produced by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Forced Prostitution - Spain - Europe's free circulation of people and goods has spawned a slave trade. The human trafficking of Portuguese women, who are lured over the border to Spain, where they are sold into prostitution. Electric shocks, cigarette burns and severe beatings frighten many Portuguese women into the job. This documentary goes inside Portuguese-owned puticlubs (whorehouses) - to reveal the treatment of these women.
'The Price of Sex'- is about young Eastern European women who've been drawn into another world. A world of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative 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.
The Whistleblower - Kathryn Bolkovac is a Nebraskan police officer who takes a UN peacekeeping job in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and diplomatic immunity amidst an expansive human trafficking industry. Based on actual events. Rated: MA (2010, 1 hour 52 minutes)
The Jammed - a story about human trafficking and the sex slave trade in Australia and the search for three girls trapped by a trafficking syndicate. Rated: MA15+ (2007, 88 minutes) The film is available at local Video stores or you can order online
Sex Traffic - is the story of two young Moldovan sisters, kidnapped and trafficked through Romania, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Italy to the dark side of London, betrayed by pimps and police, and fighting for their lives. The reverberations of their story are explosive, exposing far-reaching corruption that implicates big business in America and international peacekeeping forces in Europe alike. (2004) This is a two-part Channel 4 drama which can be viewed online here.
Trafficked - tells the story of a former Australian Federal Police officer, Chris Payne's ongoing investigation into the fate of two young Thai girls trafficked to Australia: Nikki, a thirteen year old Thai girl found in a Sydney brothel in 1995, and, Phuongtong Simpalee, a 27 year old Thai woman who died in custody at the Villawood Detention centre in 2000. The documentary follows Chris Payne as he investigates stories of women and children caught up in prostitution's 'trade routes' in Australia, Thailand and Cambodia. Payne is a former Australian Federal Police officer who headed a special task force formed to combat sex trafficking in the mid 1990s. Rated: M (2005, 52 minutes) Order the film online Film resources are available care of Film Australia
Trafficked - The Reckoning - A tough and suspenseful investigative documentary that takes us into the brutal underworld of the slave trade in Australia and Thailand. It will grip audiences as they follow two remarkable people, Chris Payne and Ning, struggling to put to rest an incident that has haunted them for fifteen years.
Sacrifice - Each year thousands of young girls are recruited from rural Burmese villages to work in the sex industry in neighboring Thailand. Held for years in debt bondage in illegal Thai brothels, they suffer extreme abuse by pimps, clients, and the police. Sacrifice examines the social, cultural, and economic forces at work in the trafficking of Burmese girls into prostitution in Thailand. It is the story of the valuation and sale of human beings, and the efforts of teenage girls to survive a personal crisis born of economic and political repression. (2007, 50 minutes) The film can be ordered through Brunofilms.com.
Cargo: Innocence Lost, unveils the dark underworld of sex trafficking through compelling interviews with some of the country’s top officials on the subject, victims’ advocates and victims themselves, who were rescued in Texas. It explores how the business of sex trafficking has become a $9 billion dollar a year industry and why it still remains a shrouded crime in our nation. This film can be ordered as a 'G' rated or 'R' rated film via the Cargo: Innocence Lost website.
Born into Brothels - traces the lives of several children in the Red Light district of India. The filmmaker, Zana Briski, is a New York based photographer who teaches a photography class to the children and attempts to enroll them in boarding schools in order to give them the opportunity for a better future. Most of the children, however, continue the lives that their parents had intended for them - prostitutes. (2005)
Tin Girls - Every year in Nepal, some thousands of girls are sent to work in brothels all over India. Most of them are only 13 years old, and the rest of them are barely 18. Tin Girls aim at letting the voices of these girls be heard; girls who have had their childhoods robbed from them and have been treated like slaves from centuries past. (2003, 72 minutes) This film can be purchased through the Masala Project website.
The Day My God Died - lifts the veil of secrecy on child sex trafficking using footage from the brothels captured with spy camera technology. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, The Day My God Died puts a human face on these abstract numbers as it recounts the stories of several Nepalese girls who were forced into the international child sex trade. (2003, 70 minutes) This film can be purchased via The Day My God Died website.
Trading Women - 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 Girls 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. (2002)