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Support Victims of the Sex Industry: Vote for this Film

From Jillian:

Rachel Lloyd runs GEMS, the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services in Harlem to help rehabilitate girls who are transitioning out of the sex industry.  Some of them have been involved for most of their lives in one way or another. Many of them have been abused or are coming from broken homes. This video gives them a voice to talk about a world that most of us can hardly relate to… It’s rarely discussed, partly because it involves issues of class and race and sex, and generalizations that hurt people are easy to make. It’s also hard to come across any information about domestic sex trafficking, though there is a bounty of information when it comes to crossing borders. Neither circumstance is better, but there needs to be more attention given to the exploitation happening in the United States today- and maybe more sympathy can be had for these girls and their situation.

This video was made for a contest on Current TV called “Seeds of Tolerance.” The winner of the contest will receive $100,000, and if this video wins, $50,000 will be donated to GEMS to help the victims of this terrible American sex industry. If you’re interested- check it out and vote for the video.  It’s called “The Making of a Girl,” and voting ends this Friday, December 1st.




9 thoughts on “Support Victims of the Sex Industry: Vote for this Film

  1. More Male Terrorism:

    The gunmen came at night to drag Mohammed Halim away from his home, in front of his crying children and his wife begging for mercy.

    The 46-year-old schoolteacher tried to reassure his family that he would return safely. But his life was over, he was part-disembowelled and then torn apart with his arms and legs tied to motorbikes, the remains put on display as a warning to others against defying Taliban orders to stop educating girls.

    Mr Halim was one of four teachers killed in rapid succession by the Islamists at Ghazni, a strategic point on the routes from Kabul to the south and east which has become the scene of fierce clashes between the Taliban and US and Afghan forces.

    h/t Daou Report

    Posted by peonista | November 30, 2006, 7:10 pm
  2. I visited the link in your post Heart, and I can’t find the video. There are several drop downs and options, and I can’t find the video. Any way to type directions for the path, “click this, go here, select that..etc.” ?

    Posted by uppitybiscuit | November 30, 2006, 8:28 pm
  3. Peonista, I’m on your story and thanks for posting it. If we can say “thanks” for such horrors, dear god. 😦

    Uppitybiscuit, here’s a direct link:

    You have to register– but this film is doing pretty well! I’m going to send trackbacks to the feminist blogs, get them voting. Wouldn’t it be great if this film was the winner?


    Posted by womensspace | November 30, 2006, 8:56 pm
  4. Also, registering is easy– you don’t have to check your e-mail or anything.


    Posted by womensspace | November 30, 2006, 8:58 pm
  5. I’ve tried three times to register. Fill in all my information, type in the verification word, and — nothing. There’s no button to push to continue the process. What am I missing?

    Posted by StarWatcher | December 1, 2006, 1:44 am
  6. Huh, that happened to me too. I got out of that screen and tried again and got another screen. I don’t know what I did right the second time. :/


    Posted by womensspace | December 1, 2006, 1:56 am
  7. I missed that little “I Accept or I Agree” at the bottom, twice, and it went right through once I had that clicked.

    Posted by uppitybiscuit | December 1, 2006, 10:25 am
  8. I managed to register and vote last night, after watching a couple.

    Posted by Pony | December 1, 2006, 5:03 pm
  9. I’ve been thinking about this all night. There’s a statement made in the text accompanying the video about Indians and pilgrims which says (more or less) that the pilgrims weren’t the first to introduce racism to NA because the Spaniards were (goes on to say why — you might want to read it). I think an argument can be made that North American Indians (I’ll use the commonly used American term here) were already racist. There were Indian tribes who viewed other tribes as inferior and took them as slaves. If that isn’t racism I don’t know what is. I know northern Cree took slaves, most commonly from the Dene and the Slavey (given that name by the whites for just that association) who were their territorial rivals. I don’t know who or which Indian tribes in the States might have done that, but I believe it was common.

    So. Ahem. Shouldn’t the native/Virginia video be disqualified on the basis of incorrect historical information?

    Posted by Pony | December 2, 2006, 7:42 pm

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