Five Dead Prostitutes
I am currently working on my Senior Project—an interdisciplinary project at HKIS that seniors complete on a topic of their choosing. Some Senior Projects that my friends are working on include a scholarship program for girls in Jiangmen, a cafe in the school library that donates its proceeds to charity and a flash mob raising awareness for The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.
For my Senior Project, I will be working with my good friend Gillian Tay on producing an hour-long documentary, to be titled “Five Dead Prostitutes”, on why sex workers in Hong Kong are placed in so much danger. The documentary is so called because in 2008, 5 out of 36 murders in Hong Kong involved prostitutes who were killed at there workplace, with another involving a 16-year-old girl who was dismembered while practicing “compensated dating” or “enjo kosai”. The documentary will explore the legal, political and social reasons that expose prostitutes to these unnecessary risks, in order to raise awareness of the pressing issues that sex workers in Hong Kong face each day. The documentary will be released to Youtube by the end of May 2010.
If you’d like to learn more about sex workers in Hong Kong, you can visit the sites of Zi Teng, Action for Reach Out and Midnight Blue, three great NGOs that work with Hong Kong’s sex workers or read Yeeshan Yang’s amazing book Whispers and Moans.
I’ll be updating our progress on this blog regularly. We are currently seeking interviews with academics, politicians, social workers, activists, people involved with the cause and sex workers themselves. If you are interested in this project and can help in any way, please contact me at email@example.com.