Women and Girls in the Sex Trade / Trying to Exit
2005, Video, 21:00/20:00 (Colour, Stereo)
These videos are produced in the Crossing Communities Art Project, a community-site art project where artists collectively make artwork with criminalized girls and women to raise public awareness of their living conditions. 70%+ women in prison in Manitoba are Aboriginal. 80% of women in prison are there for poverty-related actions. 90% of federally-sentenced Aboriginal women are survivors of violence. The girls and women in this video are the faces behind these statistics: they live without enough food, without adequate shelter and they live at risk of violence and incarceration every day. Street-involved girls and women need long-term support to recover from addictions, cope with the effects of trauma and to increase their life skills.