Being a survivor activist can be heartbreaking, especially when the courts empower pimps while ignoring the voices of prostitution survivors, as happened today with the affirmation of the Bedford ruling. Chong Kim’s written a moving poem about public indifference to the suffering of the women in prostitution. Here’s an excerpt:
Pass Her By
The still picture of her smile,
resembles a life she had.
The date that it was taken
was the last memory of her
Beyond that point,
only one can imagine,
but do you stop and wonder
if she’s still pleading?
You look, then walk away.
You excuse yourself
“She’s not mine.”
makes you part of the problem
NOT the solution.
- Eden Movie, Based on the Life of Trafficking Survivor, Activist & Artist Chong Kim (secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com)
- Trafficking/Prostitution Survivors Inspire Each Other (secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com)
- I Can Be Very Soft-Spoken or I Can Be a Pit Bull (survivorsconnect.wordpress.com)
- “I’m not the only one who was mistreated in prostitution” (secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com)
- The evil enchantment: Sometimes I want to go back to escorting (secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com)
- Eden Movie, Based on the Life of Trafficking Survivor, Activist & Artist Chong Kim (poeticrevolution.wordpress.com)