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"Normal" a documentary on the sex industry on the 21st/Feb

If anyone is interested there is going to be a show of "Normal" a documentary on the sex industry that won several prizes at Magdalen College on the 21st

http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/research-units/iset/events/normal---real-stories-from-the-sex-industry.cfm

The film is showing at the Magdalen Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU - (the Auditorium’s entrance is in Longwall Street).


Plus the Oxford human Rights festival organised by Brookes University is also on between the 21st and the 24th of March and always have great movies and debates

http://www.oxfordhumanrightsfestival.org

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  • Catarina

    I think Paul that there several factors to consider - the first is that we were talking about Europe not UK only. In the UK there will be, I am sure, many less willing costumers of an obvious coercion ring of exploitation with sex slaves etc. Countries where women have different position in society , italy, greece this will no doubt happen easier. And like I said these would be the most underground of all, probably on a know to know access. How many pedophilia rings exist under the radar of the police? The worst the crime, the more underground is.

    February 23, 2013

  • Catarina

    But most important of all is the definition of coercion and trafficking , both tricky words because , like the movie showed, there is a strong element of seduction in the way the exploiters work. It's not by chance that the cases of pedophilia , which trials we have seen recently in the UK, managed to stay underground for so many years. Finally, the difficulty of dealing with the shame , which we also saw in the movie, makes people staying and adapting and even retelling their story (the young boy was a clear example of that).And the police in a country they don't want to leave is never a friend. I think that it is too easy to conclude that numbers are wrong just because the police didn't find "sex slaves".

    February 23, 2013

  • Paul

    No problem, Catarina. Next time maybe specifically say it isn't a meetup, but otherwise it was all fine and I'm pleased you brought the film to our attention. The Q&A, especially, was very interesting.

    Regarding your preconceived notions about sex trafficking, take a look at this Guardian report. During the course of a 6 month investigation, the police were unable to find even a single person forced into prostitution:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/oct/20/government-trafficking-enquiry-fails

    February 22, 2013

  • Catarina

    Hi guys (and Helen) , Helen just wrote complaining that I didn't look for you. Maybe there was a confusion - my intention was to let you know of the movie - since you are interested in them and this one was not in the public domain - and not really plan a meetup. Thus the way I wrote the alert, mentioning the festival too and proposed no meeting point. It was too late to go anywhere after anyway. And since nobody really asked to meet and I don't know anyone…

    Really sorry if you felt "abandoned", it was not my intention at all. I hope you enjoyed the movie and the discussion, it challenged some of my preconceived ideas on sex traffic. Although I really doubt that only a very small minority is forced, more probable that the director had less access to that type of sex workers

    February 22, 2013

  • Catarina

    Sorry I have not checked my email - it should be around £3 - that's what they tend to charge for movies there

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the entrance free?

    February 19, 2013

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