Women’s eNews featured CIR correspondent Mimi Chakarova as “Journalist of the Month”—spotlighting her work on sex trafficking and the multimedia project co-produced with CIR, “The Price of Sex: Women Speak.”
For the seven-year-long investigative series, Chakarova delved deep into the murky world of sex trafficking, interviewing dozens of women–and even posing as a trafficked woman herself. The result is a handful of profiles, narrated through photography, video and audio, which paint a picture of what these women must endure.
Chakarova, in conjunction with the Center for Investigative Reporting, based in Berkeley, Calif., brought these stories to the public in May of this year. They launched www.priceofsex.org, a Web site that unites these women’s stories with resources on the issue, allowing people to take action, donate or learn more.
Over the course of the project, Chakarova estimates that she spoke with up to 50 women from Eastern Europe who had been trafficked. At times, her subjects were so traumatized that she could not bring herself to continue interviewing.
“You feel ‘Why am I doing this?’ It’s painful. In those cases I did not push,” Chakarova told Women’s eNews in a phone interview.