Slave Girls (1998)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Gender Issues, Race & Ethnicity, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 47 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The plight of girls and young women from the rural areas of Thailand who become sexual commodities in major cities, particularly in the capital Bangkok, has been exposed in numerous documentaries. Slave Girls brings another aspect of this sex trade into light: Burmese girls, usually from the hill tribes, are snatched from their homes with promises of work and income and smuggled into Thailand to serve as prostitutes. Such trafficking has soared in recent years as a direct result of political repression in Burma where a brutal military dictatorship has been ruling since 1962. Ethnic people are the worst sufferers of this repression. Ellen Bruno captures the agony of these young women with remarkable success without resorting to voyeurism or sentimentality.