Yet, perhaps this is intentional on the filmmakers' part, in that also they want to lure certain kinds of men into realising what their attitudes and behaviour actually mean for those who are exploited by the sex industry. These men are the johns and the pimps, revealing footage of both of whom are included in the documentary in the form of some truly horrifying home video footage shot by two pimps in the hope of landing themselves a reality TV series, and of a mixed group of men whom we see going through the first stage of a re-education course; if the footage of the latter is dispiriting in that the men are presented as being there primarily because it is a way of getting their criminal records cleared, that of the former at least landed those responsible ten-year federal prison stretches for the crime of transporting minors across state lines. The filmmakers' main focus, however, is on the girls and those trying to help them, most notably Rachel Lloyd and her organisation GEMS Girls' Educational and Mentoring Services , which provides support to underage girls in the New York sex industry. The pimps begin by isolating their victims from their family and others so as better to induce a state of emotional dependency, before convincing them to prostitute themselves as a demonstration of their love. Once this happens to a girl, she becomes another commodity in the pimp's stable, with verbal and physical violence being used to keep her in line, turning tricks and bringing in the money.
Very Young Girls (2007)
Very Young Girls () Movie Review from Eye for Film
David Schisgall, Nina Alvarez and Priya Swaminathan's flawed but disturbing documentary, commissioned by Showtime, documents both the stories of underage NYC prostitutes and the efforts of outreach worker Rachel Lloyd to help them escape a life of abuse and exploitation. The UK-born Lloyd came to New York via Munich; she dropped out of school as a young teenager, drifted into stripping and prostitution, and found her calling in reaching out to lost girls. The filmmakers profile several young women who passed through the GEMS program, most the products of impoverished, fractured households in rough neighborhoods; some were sweet-talked by predatory, much-older men into turning tricks, others brainwashed or drugged into compliance. Their stories are heartbreaking nonetheless, and it's clear that having made their mistakes, they were profoundly failed by the social welfare system: Shelters won't take minors, the police can be indifferent and the courts regularly send underage prostitutes to jail rather than treating them as victims of statutory rape. It would also be instructive to know more about Lloyd's own escape from the streets, how she wound up in New York and managed to translate her desire to help a vulnerable, underserved population into a viable rehabilitation program when so many equally well-intentioned projects fail. That said, the filmmakers struck gold with confiscated home-video footage of grinning brothers Anthony and Chris Griffith, who apparently thought they could become reality TV stars by documenting their entrepreneurial adventures in recruiting, managing and selling teen prostitutes. Their brutal disregard for human dignity is troubling, but their bottom-line savvy about pop-culture images of pimps and hos is flat-out horrifying.
Very Young Girls
Sign in. Sextuplets star Marlon Wayans shares who inspired his multiple roles in his new Netflix comedy. Watch now. A young Asian girl, Mudan, is forced into modern day slavery by a brutal child brothel owner. Mudan soon befriends another young girl in the brothel, and starts dreaming of a better life with her mother in America.
Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, by Peter Sciretta. Did you know that the average age of a starting prostitute in New York City is 13 years old? Underage teenage prostitution is a big problem in the big apple. Very Young Girls is an intensely moving, disturbing yet eye-opening look at this world which is normally ignored. Some of the girls featured in the documentary started when they were as young as 12 years old.