'I see myself in them': the documentary that humanizes sex workers

In Blowin’ Up, the women who end up at America’s first problem-solving court focused on prostitution are treated with care and respect

“You can’t just walk away,” says Q, as she describes the reality of what it’s like to leave a pimp. “There is no just walking away.” In walking away and leaving her exploiter behind, she “blew up”, a phrase used by Emmy nominated film-maker Stephanie Wang-Breal in her new documentary Blowin’ Up. In it, she spotlights the stories of women working in the sex industry with the groundbreaking court they enter after being arrested: Queens human trafficking intervention court.

“There are so many films that have been made about prostitution and I think that there’s a stereotypical narrative that goes with that kind of film-making,” Wang-Breal said to the Guardian. “I definitely did not want to do that.”

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Source: theguardian
'I see myself in them': the documentary that humanizes sex workers