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The Price of Sex

Category |Human Interest, Human Rights, Investigative, Justice, Social Issues, Women
Year | 2011
Country | USA
Running time | 73’-52'
Format | HDCam Widescre
Production | Violeu Productions
Director | Mimi Chakarova

The film is about young women from Eastern Europe who were sold into prostitution against their will. I've spent many years gaining access to their stories, and also posing as a prostitute in order to get into some of the sex clubs and brothels in the Middle East and the West where the women end up sold as sex slaves. “The Price of Sex” is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld 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 film will premiere in 2011. Mimi Chakarova has spent seven years investigating and documenting the sex trafficking of women from Eastern Europe. "If I had stayed in the country where I was born (Bulgaria), I probably would have been one of them," Chakarova said in an interview discussing her motivations for pursuing the dangerous, sad and enraging project. "These girls risk everything because they want a better life."

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