Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns

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This trailer offers an introduction to a longer work, an historical review of a 19th century anti-trafficking campaigns, demonstrating the way the historic "White Slavery" moral panic and current anti-trafficking campaigns have been largely responsible for prostitution prohibitionism, racial discrimination, and xenophobic immigration legislation. 

For the longer segments (as the documentary is a work-in-progress) and further information go here

Anti-trafficking is a sacred cow, but behind this humanitarian concern is a century-old movement that historically reflects xenophobia, discrimination and prostitution abolitionism. This short trailer introduces a basic discussion of human rights in the context of anti-trafficking. The full preview, available for screening, is Part 1, an historical review of a 19th century anti-trafficking campaigns and a survey of trafficking portrayals in the media.

"When I first heard about the resurgence of the white slavery/trafficking framework, I knew that I had to show how this moral panic has historically resulted in discriminatory immigration policies, increased criminalization of people of color and sex workers, and little recourse for individuals who are victims of forced labor."

The segment/preview will screen at the Kansai Queer Film Festival. Additional segments comprise the feature length work which includes portrayal of contemporary facets of the impact of anti-trafficking on sex workers, highlighting United States colonialism and domestic discrimination.

Carol Leigh said: "This work is dedicated in Loving Memory to Andrew Hunter, who held my (virtual) hand through this process, encouraged me and provided an abundance of information and material."