Arrested in police raids for prostitution-related offenses, the women in Judge Toko Serita’s court are presented with three options: plead guilty to a criminal offense, fight the charge, or take the state’s offer to attend a handful of counseling sessions and get their record wiped clean. Witness the growing pains of this emerging court and explore how we define trafficking and prostitution from the perspectives of the criminal justice system, the social welfare system, and, most importantly, the women and girls who are at the center of it all.
Awards and nominations:
Tribeca Film Festival 2018 – Nominee, Best Documentary Feature
AFI Fest 2018 – Nominee, Audience Award
Camden International Film Festival 2018 – Nominee, John Marshall Award
Julie McNamara-Dahl, Director of Engagement, REST: Real Escape from the Sex Trade
Erik Gray, Community Advocate & Survivor, REST
Lori Penor, Survivor Advocate, API Chaya
JM Wong, API Chaya
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