Sex Slaves (2006)
aka REAL SEX TRAFFIC (54 mins)
90 mins - CBC. Channel 4 and PBS Frontline - Associated Producers Ltd.
SEX SLAVES (2006)
AKA THE REAL SEX TRAFFIC
AN ASSOCIATED PRODUCERS FILM
90 MINS/54 MINS • CBC. CHANNEL 4 AND PBS FRONTLINE
WINNER OF AN EMMY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM,
THE EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD, A BRITISH BROADCAST AWARD,
A ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD & NOMINATED FOR A BAFTA
Written and Directed by RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK
Producers: RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK, FELIX GOLUBEC &SIMCHA JACOBOVICI
Executive Producers: SIMCHA JACOBOVICI & BRIAN WOODS
Editor: DAVID KAZALA
Cinematographers: MICHAEL GRIPPO CSC & JOSEPH PAUL LOCHERER
Sound: PETER SAWADE
Composers: AARON DAVIS & JOHN LANG
Sound Supervisor: DANIEL PELLERIN
Production Manager: GRETA KNUTZEN & TARA JAN
SEX SLAVES/REAL SEX TRAFFIC WAS MADE WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
TELEFILM CANADA AND THE CANADIAN TELEVISION FUND LICENSE FEE PROGRAM AND ROGERS DOCUMENTARY FUND
WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA - CANADIAN FILM AND VIDEO TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
DISTRIBUTED BY CHANNEL 4 INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
SEX SLAVES is a gripping documentary exposé inside the global sex trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc. The film takes viewers into the shadowy, multi-billion dollar world of sex trafficking.
The film focuses on the remarkable story of Viorel, a Ukrainian man on a mission to find his pregnant, trafficked wife in Turkey. Hidden cameras follow Viorel as he tries to find the pimp who "owns" Katia, his wife. After days of desperate efforts, Viorel poses as a trafficker and sets out to buy her back. We follow Viorel to his meeting with Katia’s captor and from there into the world of trafficked women.
Bienstock interviews traffickers, cops and victims as she takes us deeper into the world of modern sex slavery then anyone has before.
Part cinema verité, part investigation, SEX SLAVES explores the global trafficking problem through personal stories and unfettered access to traffickers and the people they use as human chattel. The documentary captures both the investigative story and the human story behind the headlines. From the villages of Moldova and Ukraine, to underground brothels and discotheques, we witness firsthand the brutal world of white sex slavery.
Emmy Award, Outstanding Investigative Journalism, 2007
Edward R. Murrow Award, Overseas Press Club of America, 2007
British Broadcast Award, Best Documentary Programme, U.K., 2006
Royal Television Society Award, U.K., 2006
Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary, N.Y., 2006
BAFTA nominee, Best Single Documentary, U.K., 2006
Best of the Festival, U.N. Documentary Film Festival, N.Y., 2006
Gemini nominee, Best Writing, Canada, 2006 More...