Ambush: A&E’s ‘8 Minutes’ Completely Misunderstands the Reality of Sex Workers

Apr 3, 2015
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Another look at the revolting television program we first examined last December from  at New Republic

In the new A&E program 8 Minutes, premiering April 2, sex workers are lured to a location under false pretenses by an unscrupulous man with an agenda.11-kevin-brown.w529.h529.2x

Instead of finding a client, though, the women find Kevin Brown, a cop/pastor who is enjoying a second career in “rescuing” sex workers after spending 20 years in law enforcement. When Brown confronts them, a hidden camera crew flanks him, along with former sex workers whom he has “rescued,” and law enforcement officers, who are standing by in case things escalate.

The show’s title refers to the eight minutes that Brown claims it takes him to talk a woman out of doing sex work. It is an ambush that eerily mirrors the vulgar fantasies that play out in so many hypothetical scenarios that anti-trafficking advocates recount as if they were fact. “He doesn’t pull any punches in his shock therapy,” producer Tom Forman told Entertainment Weekly, apparently unaware of the irony of subjecting sex workers to rhetorical shock therapy when purporting to remove them from coercive situations.
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The belief that a strange man in a hotel room can make a more convincing case for quitting sex work than the endless social messages and legal statutes condemning workers is the height of arrogance. The mistake that so many people make—and, in turn, the mistake that 8 Minutes makes—when they implore sex workers to quit: they emphasize leaving sex work while ignoring the very real economic consequences.

Ambush: A&E's '8 Minutes' Completely Misunderstands the Reality of Sex Workers

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sexworkrecovery
5 years ago

I got a call from this guy obviously before they shot the show. They actually asked me if I would take people who called our hotline for help and send them over to their hotel room where they would be “staging” this “intervention”. I was completely speechless. First of all, I’ve been training people since 1987 – and I don’t remember any trainings I ever gave this guy. Then they’re telling me how this guy felt “bad over the way he treated prostitutes as a cop” and how once he retired he “found God” and that this was how he… Read more »

Cindi Spiegler
Cindi Spiegler
5 years ago

What the fuck is this? Start using the enter key or I’m not approving comments of yours from now on.

TRPWL
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5 years ago

Do you make this up as you go along? or only after you pick mushrooms in the woods and have a picnic?

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