Bought and Sold

This confused melodrama (documentary) begins by claiming that it will stray from the usual stereotypes about prostitution and trafficking, then goes on to confirm them. Mixing some rights-based politics with anti-prostitution assumptions, this work was one of the primary ‘educational’ tools that launched the onslaught of anti-trafficking legislation in the U.S., as it screened in the hallowed halls of the D.C. legislature. The makers were connected to a rights-based network but their naiveté produced this stigmatizing movie.

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