The Price of Sex Directed by Mimi Chakarova Tuesday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. at AFI Silver 2; also on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:15 p.m. Discovery HD Theater


All of the former prostitutes interviewed in The Price of Sex were sold into the sex trade by a woman. That’s just one of the many astonishing facts presented by director and photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, an occasionally stupidly daring woman from Bulgaria who wonders what her fate might have been had her family not moved to the United States. Hers and other impoverished Eastern European countries are ripe fodder for sex traffickers; young women who have no prospects are offered legitimate jobs around the world (predominantly in Turkey and the United Arab Emirates), only to find themselves forced into prostitution once they’re shepherded there. Chakarova surreptitiously videotapes hookers sharing the streets with cops and even goes undercover in a Turkish sex club. (The clubs in Dubai, she notes, carry the seal of the Department of Tourism and Commerce.) The women’s stories are remarkably similar, while Chakarova’s research maddeningly proves there’s little hope for escape once they’re roped in. It’s stomach-turning and heartbreaking.

Tuesday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. at AFI Silver 2; also on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:15 p.m. Discovery HD Theater.


Our Readers Say

The "occasionally stupidly daring woman" description, I can deal with and my Mom would probably agree with you, but what I want to make clear is that THE PRICE OF SEX is NOT about prostitutes or hookers on the streets of Istanbul, Athens (there was a reason we included Greece as one of the chapters in the film), Dubai and many other cities throughout the world. This film is about young women, often children, who DID NOT make a choice to enter the sex trade. It's a very important distinction to make – they were sold as slaves: captive, beaten, raped, used up. I hope people will honor these women's stories by watching the film and making their own conclusions.
Tricia, it's clear you have NOT met Ms. Chakarova. She is NOT stupid. She is brave and committed to tell the story about the horror of sex slavery. You are showing your ignorance when you choose to call these kidnapped and beaten women prostitutes or hookers. I had expected better journalism and bright journalists from the City Paper. Shame on you Tricia and on the City Paper.

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