This film shines a light on the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and reveals that thousands of nuns were sexually abused for decades by priests around the world. Women have endured years of sexual predation, becoming pregnant, and being forced to have abortions. Here they openly testify and break the “omerta” on a subject that has been drowning in the Catholic church for decades.
All they want to do is escape poverty, but they end up in the hands of sex traffickers. Women from Romania in particular, sometimes fall prey to criminal networks while seeking a better life in Germany. And for the most part, the criminals go undetected – because sex work is a perfectly legal job in Germany, provided it’s consensual. But estimates suggest that up to 90 percent of women are forced into the sex trade. Human beings are a lucrative commodity for organized crime. Compared to drugs or weapons, they cost very little. And they can be sold not just once, but repeatedly, every day. Young women seeking to escape poverty in their home countries end up in German brothels. Most of them come from Romania or Bulgaria. Unscrupulous human traffickers lure them with the promise of a well-paid job only to force them into sex slavery. Some of them sell their services for the price of a pack of cigarettes. This sexual exploitation is facilitated by a law that legalizes sex work in Germany, defining it as a service provided voluntarily. It’s not clear just how many women are coerced into the trade. Sascha, for example, was forced to serve 20 to 30 clients a day, until she managed to escape with the help of “Amalie”, an advisory and support service for women in the industry, based in the German city of Mannheim. “Amalie” provided her with accommodation and a job so that she was able to build a new life for herself.
At an altitude of 4,000 meters, Sking is one of the most isolated villages in the Himalayan region of Zanskar. From August to October, the Zanskaris harvest and store all their food for the coming year. All the women, work nonstop, from dawn to dusk, and worry about the arrival of winter. This film offers a sensitive and poetic immersion in the life of four generations of women during harvesting season.
“Himalaya, Land of Women”
Direction: Marianne Chaud
Production: ZED & ARTE France – Manuel Catteau, Thierry Garrel & Pierrette Ominetti
In Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade, BBC News Arabic’s Nawal al-Maghafi reports from inside Iraq, where she investigates how some clerics are abusing an ancient Islamic marriage practice to exploit women and girls.
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