Mimi Chakarova has been teaching photography at U. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for 10 years. Chakarova is the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for documentary photography and the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her photo work on trafficking in Eastern Europe, which she has reported on for the last four years. Four years ago, I began a photo project on the sex trafficking of young women in Eastern Europe.
I interviewed and photographed girls who had escaped. Some had been trafficked to Turkey and Russia.
Others were taken as far as the United Arab Emirates, lured by the promise of legitimate jobs and a brighter future. Once they arrived in the new country, they were priced and sold, and their documents taken away. The young women told me they were forced to service mechanics, soldiers, priests, butchers, tourists, and even U.
I grew up in Eastern Europe and met Vika on my second reporting trip to Moldova. She told me she had been trafficked to Dubai, at times serving 30 clients a day. She quickly learned the only English words necessary to keep her owner from hitting her: "How much?
It didn't matter. Her pimp kept her working for the duration of her pregnancy. Emerging as a world business hub in the last decade, the city strives to keep breaking new records: the world's tallest building, the world's first seven star hotel, the world's biggest shopping mall, the world's largest manmade port.
Dubai has been described as the Las Vegas of the Middle East.
Dubai's free trade zone is a major enticement for foreign investors, and the boomtown atmosphere has attracted more than nationalities to come live and work here. In this playground of the Middle East, I found indoor ski slopes, camel races and dizzying skyscrapers. When I arrived to report this story with my video camerawoman Sachi Cunningham, I was prepared to confront the human degradation of Vika's experience, but I was surprised to find something else. I met women working as prostitutes who told me that they were doing so because they had chosen to.
Sasha, for example, was trafficked from Siberia and serviced clients against her will. But then she managed to run away from her madam and decided to continue to work as a prostitute on her own. Her English was good, so I asked her why she didn't find a job as a salesperson in one of the many shopping malls in Dubai. She said she could earn more in one night as a prostitute than working a whole month in sales. And she wouldn't have to stand on her feet all day. She told me that the money she sends home to Siberia has allowed her family to build a house. I met another woman from Azerbaijan who was living with a "boyfriend," the kerala prostitutes in dubai she used to describe one of her regular clients.
She told me how he would often lock her in the apartment to keep her services exclusively for himself. When I first met her, she talked about her son back home and how she had sent money to buy him his first computer.
The second time we met, she was drunk and missing a front tooth. When I asked her what had happened, she shrugged it off: "We got into a fight, he punched me," she said, lighting up another cigarette. Men out women 3 to 1 in Dubai, and the variety of places to purchase sex is abundant -- from the brothels where Vika described being sold and resold and the back alleys where migrant workers pay for a few minutes of pleasure, to the mainstream Westernized nightclubs, often inside upscale hotels, where women from all over the world congregate according to their nationalities awaiting the next client.
In a Muslim country, where prostitution is illegal, we decided the only way to get a closer look at Dubai's barely disguised sex trade was to visit some of these clubs and capture for ourselves the city's night secrets.
Misbah Shaikh - Fonthill, Ontario It is very kerala prostitutes in dubai that behind all the glitz and glamour of Dubai lies a very dark and disturbing place. If the Government is sanctioning these clubs then one can only wonder where the money is really going. This piece was definitely very moving and touching. It is unfortunate that a place like Dubai is harbouring such crimes.
Dpunk Badd - Dubai, Dubai I know of two close friends who were in Dubai and harldy made any money, and after two years of working there they both were diagnosed as having HIV. They have moved from our neighbourhood, but they told me that they just made one mistake, just once, and that was it. I believe them but unfortunately all I can do is pray for them and other retards out there who don't care about kerala prostitutes in dubai people around them. These men were asked to leave their jobs. They were sent back to their homecountry, and they were social outcasts even there.
People, please keep yourselves safe, if not for yourself just for the sake of people who love you. Dubai and it's "Darkside" are infamous certainly to its expat residents. Yes prostitition is everywhere, this is the same in any large city, Muslim or otherwise, but in most cities prostitutes are in the main indigenous and not imported slaves. The other point that I don't understand is that in Dubai even among wealthy professionals male, of course it is acceptable to talk openly about them going "Darkside" last night. In the Summer it is even worse, when the expats wives escape the summer heat and guys are left on their own!
However I would question if Dubai is a Muslim city. Is it, how do you define that? In terms of Policing, Dubai Police need to close down the clubs: The York, Marine Bar, etc and read the classifieds, " men only massage" and do something positive. Jail the importers of sex slaves. Or how about have Police officers in Uniform patrol bars occasionally?
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Decent expats would be reassured to see uniformed officers outside of their patrol cars! I am saddened by the fact that women are being forced into this nasty business but even more so shocked that there are women that are into it as a professional business knowing they won't be stopped and are not being helped in therapy or government programs. In my opinion if Dubai is to progress as a modern society, the government will have to take more actions and work harder on their over-all policies. I've been living in UAE for the past 15 years and trust me, kerala prostitutes in dubai many know this.
The only person who is making money and the only city benefitting from this business is the city of Dubai and the ruler himself because the truth be told to everyone is that these girls have to pay for their visas up to US dollars for 3 months ,and another for the renewal.
The goverment knows why these women come to UAE and allows them to enter. The amount of money the goverment makes from this business is very large, so they cant stop it. The ruler of Dubai is the organiser of this crime.
I'm furious about the prostitution situation in Dubai. Reporter didn't show who traffics those poor women to UAE. Unfortunately, those who traffic those poor women are from the same nationality of those women- European, Asians and Africans. It is organized crime. Even most developed nations failed to stop them. This problem can't be solved unless there is real cooperation between the countries which those women come from and countries which they are trafficked to. To achieve that, a common ground about what's ethical sex should be drawn. Because prostitutes aren't always forced in many cases; women sometimes choose that.
Don't let your sympathy for some poor enslaved women misguide you. Some prostitutes are guilty even more than their pimps.
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Sex industry- prostitution, pornography, escort, etc. On the contrary, it will make it worse. San Francisco, California Such compelling content! I was captivated from start to finish! The crew that produced this deserves a medal for their courage. I agree that prostitution and social parity are undeniable human phenomena, however, I wonder if the government can circumvent the historic stigma and provide some minimal protection to the women.
I have heard stories about government services, primarily free health clinics, in places such as Frankfurt and Amsterdam. I wonder if those cities kerala prostitutes in dubai serve as examples for the future. Boston, MA My husband set up a company in Dubai and has visited a few times a year for the past 3 years. I am sickened to discover that he had called a prostitute for sex in his hotel room in between business meetings. This has broken our marriage. Dubai--the world's new best city.
I'm disgusted. I thought it particularly poignant that although some of these women are there by "choice", it left them empty, tired and devoid of their former dreams and passions. One poster said that Mimi's resources could be better spent on focusing on cases of sexual slavery arguably a more clear problemthe beauty of this segment lies in focusing precisely in the ambiguities of women who apparently made a choice.
From a larger philosophical perspective, all of us have had to abandon dreams, make compromises some moral in order to pursue practical considerations. In this way, we share the larger existential problem of survival in a capitalist system with these women.