London is to host the first sex worker film festival this June.
The festival is scheduled to take place on 12th June at an East London location, and has been organised by a collection of sex workers. It will feature a number of short films and documentaries from countries around the world which have been affected by the sex industry, including the UK, Australia, the United States and Brazil.
The films include Australian-Canadian short, Every Ho I Know Says So, which looks at the problems and lack of advice often faced by those who enter relationships with sex workers.
Many of the other films which are set to feature also look at the ongoing fight for sex workers to have better human and labour rights.
The festival will aim to raise funds for an event which will take place later in the year. This event will not only continue the campaign for improved rights, but will also aim to challenge the media’s sensationalist representation of sex workers. In the past, films such as Pretty Woman and TV drama Secret Diary of a Call Girl, amongst others, have often been criticized for glamorising prostitution.
This looks to be an interesting event, which could certainly change public perception of the sex industry. We’ll keep you posted!