For those of you who haven’t seen the 2005 CBC Documentary Sex Slaves, it was on last night and I highly recommend taking the time to watch it. It’s not at all like Pretty Woman, which is all show and no reality, yet Pretty Woman seems to have become our argument for legalizing prostitution.
There is a myth that women become prostitutes by choice, that every woman has an abortion by choice (many of the women in this film are forced to do both), and this film illustrates just exactly why and how that is not the case.
An estimated half million women are trafficked annually for the purpose of sexual slavery. They are “exported” to over 50 countries including Britain, Italy, Japan, Germany, Israel, Turkey, China, Kosovo, Canada and the United States. Misunderstood and widely tolerated, sex trafficking has become a multi- billion dollar underground industry.
“Eva”; thought she was getting a job as a nanny in Toronto until her handlers took her from the airport to a strip club and forced her to work off her “debt”;, i.e., her purchase price, before she could be set free.
I don’t remember Julia Roberts having a pimp.by