The Price of Sex

The Price of Sex

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 7:00pm

This documentary is about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse.

The Price of Sex, screening at the Little Theatre on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m., is part of Women & PowerL Women's History Film Series. The film sheds light on the underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of trafficked Eastern European women forced into prostitution abroad. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Jean Pedersen, Ph. D, Associate Professor of History at the Eastman School of Music; Jennifer Creech, Ph.D., Associate Professor of German who also teaches courses focusing on Film and Gender Studies at the University of Rochester; and Angela Clark-Taylor, Program Manager at the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester.

More about the film:

Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova’s feature documentary caps years of painstaking, on-the-ground reporting that aired on Frontline (PBS) and 60 Minutes (CBS) and earned her an Emmy nomination, Magnum photo agency’s Inge Morath Award, and a Webby for Internet excellence.

Filming undercover with extraordinary access, even posing as a prostitute to gather her material, Bulgarian-born Chakarova travels from impoverished rural areas in post-Communist Eastern Europe, including her grandmother’s village, to Turkey, Greece, and Dubai. This dangerous investigative journey brings Chakarova face to face with trafficked women willing to trust her and appear on film undisguised. Their harrowing first-person accounts, as well as interviews with traffickers, clients, and anti-trafficking activists, expose the root causes, complex connections, and stark significance of sexual slavery today.

The Little Theatre, WXXI, and The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies present ten films in honor of Women’s History Month. The Women & Power: Women’s History Film Series is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.