Documentary The Best Documentaries About Prostitution  

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List Rules Documentaries about prostitution and the sex trade.

This list has been voted on by men and women to determine the best documentary about prostitution. This list includes titles from many different countries and filmmakers. What is the best documentary about prostitution? This ranked list will point you in the right direction.

With every vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about prostitution comes out on top. If you don't see your favorite on the list, add it along with the existing titles so that others may vote on it as well. This list currently includes titles such as In the Flesh, about the lives in three Indian sex workers, as well as American Pimp and Prisoners of a White God.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate those watching the film. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.

Vote up the documentaries about prostitution that you thought handled the subject the best, or add a film on the subject that you love that isn't already on the list.

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Whores' Glory is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Whores' Glory Whores' Glory is a 2011 documentary film written and directed by Michael Glawogger.

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Happy Endings? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Happy Endings? Tara Hurley, Michael A. LoCicero Happy Endings? is a 2009 cinéma vérité documentary film directed and produced by Tara Hurley. Filmed over 27 months, it chronicles the lives of the women in massage parlors ...more

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Louis and the Brothel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Louis and the Brothel Louis Theroux Louis and the Brothel is a British documentary that was televised on 9 August 2003. It is a Louis Theroux documentary that runs for 60 minutes. In the documentary, Theroux visits the Wild Horse ...more

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Pimps Up, Ho's Down is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Pimps Up, Ho's Down Ice-T, Don "Magic" Juan Pimps Up, Ho's Down is a 1998 television documentary about pimping in the United States as part of the HBO documentary anthology series America Undercover. The film features interviews with ...more

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American Pimp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
American Pimp Too $hort, Antonio Fargas, Dennis Hof American Pimp is a 1999 documentary that examines the pimp subculture in the United States. It was directed by the Hughes Brothers, the filmmakers behind Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. ...more

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Hookers at the Point is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Hookers at the Point

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Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Let Me Go Bailey Onice, A.J. Chambers, Yoshi Maxx

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Body Without Soul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Body Without Soul Body Without Soul is a 1994 documentary film about young boys in Prague working as prostitutes. The creator of the documentary, Wiktor Grodecki interviews the boys whose age ranges between 14-17 ...more

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Bangkok Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Bangkok Girl Sirirat Rapsithorn Bangkok Girl is a documentary film that was both produced and directed by Jordan Clark. It is a low-budget film, having cost $10,000 to produce, and takes sex tourism in Bangkok as its subject. ...more

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The Cuba Prostitution is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
The Cuba Prostitution

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In the Flesh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
In the Flesh Ed Corbin, Julie R. Lee, Randy Cohlmia In the Flesh is a 1998 independent gay-themed murder mystery film, produced, written, and directed by Ben Taylor. It is set in Atlanta, Georgia where it was filmed on a very low budget, ...more

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Born into Brothels: Calcutta's... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids is a 2004 Indian-American documentary film about the children of prostitutes in Sonagachi, Kolkata's red light district. The widely acclaimed film, ...more

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Cathouse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Cathouse Sunset Thomas, Air Force Amy, Dennis Hof HBO goes into the Bunny Ranch brothel to see what legal prostitution looks like.

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Hope in Heaven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Hope in Heaven Hope in Heaven is a documentary that examines the Philippines sex trade and the young women and children it trafficks. It was part of a five-year development project funded by the Canadian ...more

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Streetwise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Streetwise Streetwise is a 1984 documentary film by director Martin Bell. It followed in the wake of a July 1983 Life magazine article, "Streets of the Lost", by writer Cheryl McCall and ...more

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Redlight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Redlight Redlight is a documentary film about human trafficking in Cambodia that premiered on October 4, 2009 at the Woodstock Film Festival. Lucy Liu was the film's executive producer and narrator. The ...more

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Meet the Fokkens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
clash1977 added Meet the Fokkens Meet the Fokkens is a 2011 documentary and biographical film written and directed by Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schröder.

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Very Young Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Very Young Girls Rachel Lloyd Very Young Girls, directed by David Schisgall and Nina Alvarez, is a documentary and exposé of human trafficking that follows 13- and 14-year-old African-American girls as they are ...more

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Sex Slaves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Sex Slaves Sex Slaves is a 2005 documentary by Ric Esther Bienstock that was created in association with CBC, Channel 4 and Canal D. It provides a firsthand account of international human trafficking by ...more

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101 Rent Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
101 Rent Boys 101 Rent Boys is a 2000 documentary film that explores the West Hollywood hustler scene. The producers recruited 101 hustlers from on and around Santa Monica Boulevard and paid each of them $50 ...more

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Whore II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Whore II Amos Kollek, Gilbert Giles, Mari Nelson Whore II is a docudrama about prostitution. Despite its title, the film is unconnected with Ken Russell's Whore, which was based on a stage play about the politics of exploitation. Whore II was ...more

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Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam Nick Broomfield, Corinne Bohrer Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam is a feature-length documentary film by Nick Broomfield. It is an examination of the woman herself, Broomfield attempting to uncover if she truly is a 'horrible ...more

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Sex and Shopping is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Sex and Shopping

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Anonymously Yours is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Anonymously Yours Anonymously Yours is a documentary film by director Gayle Ferraro, released in 2002. It documents widespread abuse and exploitation of women through sexual slavery in Myanmar. It was filmed ...more

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Prisoners of a White God is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Prisoners of a White God Prisoners of a White God is a documentary about the Akha people, produced and distributed by Twin Star in September 2008. The documentary is about a Czech researcher, Tomáš Ryška, who ...more

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Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a 2011 American documentary film about modern human trafficking, specifically sexual slavery. Presented from a Christian worldview, Nefarious covers human ...more

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Trading Women is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Trading Women Trading Women is a 2003 documentary film by anthropologist David A. Feingold, produced by Dean W. Slotar and narrated by Angelina Jolie. It covers human trafficking of girls from hill tribes in ...more

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The Other Song is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
The Other Song The Other Song is a documentary film directed by Saba Dewan. It is made on life of Rasoolan Bai, a tawaif. It features her more famous song, Lagat karejwa ma chot, phool gendwa na maar, a 1935 ...more

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Not Angels But Angels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Not Angels But Angels Not Angels But Angels is a 1994 documentary film about young men in Prague working as prostitutes. The creator of the documentary, Wiktor Grodecki interviews the men, some of whom are underage, ...more

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Women for Sale is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Women for Sale Women for Sale is a 2005 documentary by Nili Tal. It explores the phenomenon of Russian women who immigrate to Israel to work as prostitutes.

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Not My Life is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Not My Life Not My Life is a 2011 American independent documentary film about human trafficking and contemporary slavery. The film was written, produced, and directed by Robert Bilheimer, who had been asked ...more

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Men for Sale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Men for Sale Men for Sale also known by its French language title Hommes à louer is a 2008 documentary film by Canadian director Rodrigue Jean, about male prostitutes working in Montreal, Quebec, ...more

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Paper Cannot Wrap Ember is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Paper Cannot Wrap Ember Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers is a 2007 French-Cambodian documentary film directed by Rithy Panh. In this film, the director examines prostitution in Cambodia.

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Karayuki-san, the Making of a ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute is a 1975 Japanese film by director Shohei Imamura. It is a documentary on one of the Japanese "karayuki-san," who were women who were forced ...more

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Chicken Ranch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Chicken Ranch They arrive in private planes and fast cars. Customers are lured by an assortment of delights; the Passion Chair, with its 37 different positions, the VIP Room, equipped with movies and a ...more

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Sex for Sale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution

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Call + Response is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Documentaries About Prostitution
Call + Response Ashley Judd, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond Call + Response is a documentary film released in 2008 by Fair Trade Pictures to support human rights activism against human trafficking and slavery on a community level. The film was Justin ...more