“Last Rescue in Siam” is a short, silent black and white film produced by Empower Foundation, which uses parody to highlight the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers operating in Thailand.
The film, scripted, developed and starring sex workers, explores how the agendas of the police, military, health care providers and radical feminists have a tangible effect on the lives of sex workers. The film also explores the politics surrounding “raid and rescue” operations, and humorously depicts how a sex worker detained by authorities and sentenced to a rehabilitation center is able to affect an escape.
“Last Rescue in Siam” was filmed over 3 days by the Empower Foundation’s Chiang Mai group. The film was shot within and around the Empower premises and the only collectively owned sex worker bar in Thailand, the Can Do Bar.
According to the Empower research project, “Hit and Run”, which was undertaken by a group of sex worker researchers:
“We have now reached a point in history where there are more women in the Thai sex industry being abused by anti-trafficking practices than there are women exploited by traffickers.”
The film, “Last Rescue In Siam”, which has been screened internationally, reflects this reality.