A great article just appeared on Jezebel.com about the whorearchy- the hierarchy of sex work. The author goes in depth on an issue we came across while making this film. "I am often asked if there is solidarity among sex workers. The answer, as I've come to slowly and painfully discover, is no." Read the article here: https://jezebel.com/tearing-down-the-whorearchy-from-the-inside-1596459558
In our journey we talked to a lot of sex workers in the legal brothel industry of rural Nevada. Being based in Los Angeles, and having a lot of acquaintances in the adult entertainment world, I reached out to some adult and porn-stars, and was more than once met with resistance in being affiliated with a movie which clearly focuses on legal prostitution. "What does that have to do with me?" and, "I am not sure I will be able to help."
"When sex work is dominated by people who think they have no other options, you're going to see a lot of bad behavior and self-destruction."
My discovery on this journey, was this: Not all sex work is equal. People who engage in streetwalking prostitution may not work at a brothel, and brothel workers may look down on streetwalkers. And adult stars may or may not engage in prostitution, and so on. There are many layers and many tenets of work. So the best thing to do is just ask!
And, while adult stars may not see where they can help in a film like this, they can. This film is about changing attitudes, at its core. It's not just about brothel sex workers, its about sexuality as a whole. We are all in this together.