Filmmaker Stephanie Wang Breal’s latest documentary, Blowin’Up, takes us into New York City’s Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Queens, where Judge Toko Serita has presided over cases against young prostitutes since the pilot court program began in 2004.
The court is dedicated — uniquely so — to advancing justice for young women who’ve become prostitutes because it is, as they see it, their only route to survival. All members of the unique court – the judge, prosecutors, special social workers and defending attorneys from legal services – are dedicated to helping these women who are at risk escape ‘the life.’ The film’s title, Blowin’Up, is street slang for leaving a pimp. The court’s goal is to enable young women who are charged with prostitution to change their lives.
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