Vol. 3 “Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids” (Film)

This documentary follows in the steps of professional New York-based photographer Zana Briski who travels to Kolkata, India (Calcutta) to photograph women in red-light districts. While there, she befriended the children of sex workers and gave them cameras. The children were given cameras so they could learn photography and possibly improve their lives. The documentary presents the children’s perspective and highlights their experiences growing up in the red light district, highlighting how many of the children are destined to become sex workers themselves. 

The non-profit organisation Kids With Cameras (as of January 2011, this non-profit organisation merged with a new non-profit, Kids With Destiny, which continues operation in India as of Dec. 2013) helped produce this film and coordinate these efforts.

Though this documentary does not address human trafficking directly, it serves as a wake-up call for the conditions that trafficked individuals live in and opens our eyes to a new issue: What happens to those whom have been affected by trafficking indirectly? (Sonny S.)

(Directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, released in 2004, 85 minutes. Available at Amazon Prime Video:  https://www.amazon.com/Born-into-Brothels-Avijit-Halder/dp/B07VLT8MYV