Monday, March 26, 2012

Fight Sex Trafficking with 'Topless Warriors'?

Recently, I posted Women as Peacemakers, Women as Warriors, highlighting documentaries and films of women in as survivors, witnesses and activists in political and social conflicts in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Liberia. Outside of war, desperate men, women and children everyday face other dangers that can lead to trauma and death, such as human trafficking. The worst is sex trafficking, a multimillion dollar illegal business where the investment in one's 'product' can reap a 100% return in less than a week.

While governments and NGOs are working in countries worldwide to find and assist victims, prosecute perpetrators and educate young people against the dangers of sex trafficking, the task is made difficult by the fact that police and government officials places like Bulgaria and Romania are sometimes cut from the same cloth as the criminals. Under-the-table pay-offs and entrenched patriarchy and misogyny make enforcement of state laws and directives from the EU, UN and other organizations nearly impossible, even when these nations are sanctioned by international parties (see conversations on the Netherlands blocking of Bulgaria and Romania's entry into the EU's Schengen Agreement free-travel zone). For more information on sex trafficking in Eastern Europe, you can visit La Strada International and reports from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

Here is a  documentary, "Topless Warriors" from Finnish TV about the Ukrainian female rights organization, FEMEN. Click on the "cc" for subtitles in English. What are your thoughts on women fighting sex trafficking with 'sexuality'?

Related: Get the Conversation Started: sexuality, safety and social class via a "Slutwalk"


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