A Texas woman named Kamylla says she was screwed over by A&E’s new reality show 8 Minutes. Although the show claims to “rescue” sex workers from their lives on the streets, Kamylla claims that it actually pushed her and her family into eviction and poverty.
The show, which the Daily Dot covered in March, is based on the following premise: With exactly eight minutes on the clock, cop-turned-pastor Kevin Brown confronts sex workers in a hotel room and pressures them to leave their jobs. Help and resources are offered to the women, but stories like Kamylla’s are beginning to surface and challenge the show’s narrative.
8 Minutes has been marketed as a ground-breaking television show that shines a light on the gritty lives of sex workers, and Brown himself has been touted as a savior figure. Entertainment Tonight played right into this message in a video about Brown, which states that “the men who traffic these women are dangerous” and that Brown offers intervention and rescue.