Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CD Exclusive: Interview with Photographer, Mimi Chakarova

Mimi Chakarova is a Bulgarian-born photographer who has traveled the world in an effort to give a face and a voice to the silent victims of sex trafficking. She teaches photography at the University of California Berkeley, and is currently touring her exhibit The Price of Sex - an eye-opening, multimedia presentation in which sex trafficking victims from Moldova and Albania tell their stories.

Mimi recently participated in an email interview with Captive Daughters' Sarah Gonzales, in which she explains how she gains access to trafficking victims, relates things she has learned in her travels and addresses misconceptions commonly held about sex trafficking.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NY: New Law Expunges Trafficking Victims' Records

NEW YORK -- A bill that would allow former victims of sex trafficking the ability to expunge crimes from their record was passed in the Assembly last month. The bill would give the victims of sex trafficking a fresh start.

The bill (S.4429/ A.7670) sponsored by Sen. Thomas Duane, D-Manhattan, and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, who chair their house's health committees, was re-introduced into the Assembly in January after being passed last June. The bill is now in the Codes Committee in the Senate.

Sex trafficking is broadly defined under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which is a federal act that defines sex trafficking and provides protection to victims of human trafficking. It is broadly defined due to the fact that it is hard to provide evidence proving someone is a victim of human trafficking.

The bill would allow individuals who have been convicted of prostitution or loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution to have the charges vacated from their records if they have been victims of sex trafficking...


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mimi Chakarova Exhibit Comes to San Francisco

Vika was trafficked to Dubai. Her clients were as young as twelve and as old as eighty-three. She was almost nineteen when she was sold and forced to have sex with as many as thirty men a day. At the time this photo was taken, Vika was living in a shelter for trafficked girls. (From "The Price of Sex," photographed by Mimi Chakarova in Moldova)

Photographer, Mimi Chakarova will exhibit her "The Price of Sex" show at San Francisco's Fifty Crow's Gallery.

The exhibit opens April 15 and runs through May 15.