We work with women who have been trafficked and with current and former sex workers. Some of the women have been trafficked into the sex industry, and some of them were forced into other kinds of labour, such as bonded domestic work. Most of the women have migrated from other countries to the Netherlands.
On one level, we train women who are marginalised in the Netherlands to tell their stories using powerful media tools such as radio, photography, and video. We want to give them the skill and opportunity to express the complexities of their lives. But we don’t stop there. Our goal is to use media to create a more humanised and multi-faceted picture of the sex industry. We want to show this industry as a complex fabric, composed both of women workers who are entitled to demand their rights as workers and women who have been forced into the industry. Many people looking in from the outside have quite a polarised view. Women are either victims, or they are making choices. But as in any other area of life, there are many grey zones. We will create a moving exhibition that tells the stories of sex workers and trafficked women in their own voices and images. In the long-term, we want to create an independent media centre run by and for women from these communities.”
Images from A Day In Her Life 2010
Photographs from participants from P&G292
directed by Anonymous
The director of Drowning wanted to reveal her side of the story in how she ended up in this profession. A step she never thought she would take, she had searched and knocked on many other doors before having to open this one. Her original idea for the film was a documentary on the economic reality of sex workers and why they may choose this profession. After filming a few interviews, she began to write the text and imagine visuals to her story which resulted in this powerful and personal self-portrait.
directed by Chantal
Chantal had the most vivid story to tell. She was waiting at her window when all of a sudden memories of her past came flooding in to reveal that she was living her dream.
Participants were encouraged to practice being interviewed and being the interviewer.
The weekly assignment was to collect sounds from daily life to incorporate into the radio show.
The complete show will be aired on our podcast. Coming soon!