[Night flight / Tverskaya Street, Moscow]

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Title:[Night flight / Tverskaya Street, Moscow]
Abstract:Hidden camera footage shot by Steven Galster from a camera attached to his torso. Galster leaves his hotel, walks to a nightclub called Night Flight. Footage inside the club is extremely dark. Galster has some brief conversations in Russian, but they are barely audible over loud music in the club. Galster then leaves the club and walks on Tverskaya Street.
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  • Global Survivors NetworkRole: Creator
Publishers:Global Survivors Network
University of Texas Libraries
Date Created:1996/05/10
Topics:economic, social, and cultural rights--economic and labor rights--sex workers
civil and political rights--women's rights
Geographic Focus:Europe--Russia--Moscow
Geographic Base:North America--United States--New York--Brooklyn
Type of Resource:Moving image
Notes:Thousands of women from Russia and post-Soviet states have endured exploitation and slavery, yet their stories have been largely ignored by most law enforcement agencies and governments. Police agencies in receiving countries often minimize the extent of trafficking, and governments usually respond to trafficking as a problem of illegal migration, an approach that transforms women victimized by particular circumstances into criminals. To learn why and how this form of modern slavery persists, and to propose solutions, the Global Survival Network (GSN) conducted a study from August 1995 through the Autumn of 1997 to uncover the rapidly growing trade in Russian women for the purposes of prostitution. GSN conducted videotaped interviews with numerous non-governmental organizations, women who had been trafficked overseas, and police and government officials in Russia, Western Europe, Asia, and the United States. In order to delve into and learn more about the world of organized crime and its role in Russian sex trafficking, GSN also conducted some unconventional research by establishing a dummy company that purportedly specialized in importing foreign women as escorts and entertainers. Under the guide of this company, GSN successfully gained entry to the operations of international trafficking networks based in Russia and beyond. Many of the interviews were recorded with hidden cameras and provide insight into the trafficking underworld in action. Wherever legal, interviews were recorded by hidden cameras directly inside the establishments where prostitution was occurring. Whenever possible, the investigators revealed the nature of the work. In some cases, security conditions for both the investigator and the persons interviewed prevented disclosure. In order to preserve the safety and privacy of all parties involved, pseudonyms have been given to the persons interviewed during GSN's covert investigations, and whenever requested otherwise. "Bought and Sold: An Investigative Documentary on the International Trade in Women" was produced by GSN in collaboration with WITNESS in 1997, based on the two year undercover investigation. This groundbreaking documentary helped to catalyze legislative reform on trafficking as well as new financial resources to address the problem.
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