Mimi Chakarova, director of the documentary, The Price of Sex, (2011) exposes the world of sex trafficking in Eastern Europe and makes a point to show that sex trafficking thrives. The director supports her view that sex trafficking is a bad thing by going back to her country of origin, Bulgaria, to personally investigate and interview victims and officials involved. Chakarova’s purpose of creating such a powerful documentary is done in order to show the world that sex trafficking is prevalent in poor countries. Her audience: people who are unaware of the severity of this issue and the goal is to get people to understand the issue and in some way, try to help out and stop it.

The documentary focuses on women struggling in Eastern European countries. There are several interviews with victims of sex trafficking that tell their stories. Their stories consist of how they got into the trade, hardships of being trafficked, abuse suffered and how they got out. They are forced into prostitution and Chakarova tries to undercover how this happens. She interviews not only victims, but customers as well. The men who pay for sex do not care that what they are doing is inhumane to most people. They just want pleasure and believe that the prostitutes willingly want to do their job. The director interviews a government official in Greece. He says that corruption is a sensitive matter for the police. A lot of them accept money so that the traffickers can get away, or get out of jail when they are caught. Another interviewee is a representative from La Strada International. She explains to Mimi Chakarova that the reason that sex trafficking is not stopped is because government officials and politicians pocket the money that is supposed to go to poor villages in an effort to stop this type of trafficking. The aid money is supposed to discourage young women from wanted to go to abroad by providing money for their everyday lives. The main reason most young women in poor countries are forced into prostitution is because they believe that they will be given jobs that will benefit themselves and their families. They think it will end hardships but in reality, they are getting trafficked unwillingly. The source contributes to my research the best by interviewing the representative of La Strada and having her explain the corruption in politics and how the economy influences trafficking. Her words explain why sex trafficking thrives and how it is influenced politically and economically.

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