Meet the sex workers victimized and exploited by A&E’s ‘8 Minutes’

May 1, 2015
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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.

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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.

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sexworkrecovery
5 years ago

The producer of this show “Relativity Media” is also the producer of “Catfish” and “Gigolos”. The people behind Kevin Brown, are the same people who were behind Annie Lobert. Annie Lobert was doing the same identical “scam” that is happening here only her show was being aired on Bravo – a sister network to A&E. When Annie was the “great white savior” reaching out only to straight female street walking prostitutes while telling the viewer that these were in fact “trafficking victims” (apples and oranges) also in the same manner – she was connected to Pastor Benny Perez who was… Read more »

Cindi Spiegler
Cindi Spiegler
5 years ago

Jesus Fucking Christ.

crunkleschwitz
crunkleschwitz
5 years ago
Reply to  TRPWL

At least she finally found the Enter key on her keyboard. Improving at this rate, 15yrs from now, she may be a fully functioning human.

sexworkrecovery
5 years ago

The pattern is that these people are getting away with massive fraud at the expense of real sex workers, and also our basic human rights such as free speech, the 5th amendment, even our right to have a warrant before they put a tap on our phones, because no one wants to actually read anything anymore that’s not 140 characters. I read. I have a brain. When people are pissing on my leg and telling me it’s raining I know the difference and I’m going to tell them to stop pissing on my leg. Over and over again these people… Read more »

Cindi Spiegler
Cindi Spiegler
5 years ago

Jody, your two comments on this post run nearly 4,500 words together.

Your run here has ended. I will not be approving any more of your long, rambling comments. You clearly have mental issues and I personally feel you should seek some help. Ta ta.

crunkleschwitz
crunkleschwitz
5 years ago

Are we talking white girls in the massage parlors or Koreans? I love me some rub and tug Koreans, especially the ones that eat your ass after scrubbing it clean during the table shower. And bonus points if they know 10 words or less of Engrish.

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