Rights not Rescue
Produced by Paul Silva and Pamela Chen
Art and Design: Mike Schmidt
Editor: Rob Rosenthal
Interviews: Erica Pelletreau
Music: Selva de Mar
About the project: Sex workers are subjected to widespread human rights abuses, including police violence and unequal access to health care, in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Despite enormous challenges, sex workers are organizing to protect their rights and demand an end to violence and discrimination.
A report published by the Open Society Institute, Rights Not Rescue, is based on a series of interviews and focus groups with sex workers and advocates throughout the three countries.
In this animated short film, sex workers who participated in the research and related roundtable discussions tell their personal stories and share the challenges they encounter as well as a collective call for hope and change.