Chong Kim, a survivor of sex trafficking, meets me in London to talk about Eden, the newly released film based on her life

Chong Kim, a survivor of sex trafficking and an inspirational advocate, met with me this week while she was in London for the UK release of Eden, a film based on her real life story.

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Eden is based on the real life story of sex trafficking survivor, Chong Kim, who was abducted at 19 years of age from Dallas, Texas. I met up with Chong in London to talk about the film and her life as a survivor and advocate.

Directed by Megan Griffiths
Starring Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary and Beau Bridges

“Nothing short of gripping” – Indiewire
“Arrestingly suspenseful” – Variety
“Powerful” – Village Voice
“Breathtaking” – Austin Chronicle
“Brave, gritty, complex and suspenseful. Jamie Chung gives the best performance of her career.” NYC Movie Guru

“In the Booth with Ruth – Chong Kim” Produced by Matthew Lynch (

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From the Madness and Hell of Life as a Heroin and Crack Addict with Countless Failed Overdoses, This is My Story on Getting My Life Back on Track

Tough Talk

Published in Tough Talk Magazine – May 2013

My interview in the second edition of Robin Barratt‘s Tough Talk Magazine is the most personal interview I have ever given. The interview can be read and downloaded here.

In the Booth with Ruth – Maria, Prostitution Survivor

Maria, a survivor of prostitution, who was beaten and raped while in the sex trade, bravely shares her experience proving why the Merseyside model needs to be made UK wide. She says, “I was too frightened to go to the police. The way they’d dropped me off when I was young. I had expected them to take me home, back to my mum. But they didn’t do that the first time. And there was lack of trust. You didn’t know which policemen to trust. Half the girls were being touched up by them. It was a vicious circle. There was no one to help you. It would be like you chose to do this job: get out and do it, or get a life.”

Ruth Jacobs

Maria, Prostitution Survivor

How do you feel about the police?

I’m in two minds because as far as working girls go, they have no compassion. They don’t believe them. They think the girls and women put themselves in that danger, so why should they be helped.

Have your feelings towards the police changed since exiting the sex trade?

Still the same. Nothing has changed. The system hasn’t changed and that’s from talking to other girls.

Did you ever have any dealings with the police before or after you were in the sex trade?

When I was fifteen, I went to see my friend who’d moved in with her sister. I was thrown out of the house, and found myself in Piccadilly, Manchester where I met gypsies. The police put me in this hostel. There was about one hundred and ninety women in there. I was petrified. I didn’t know what to do. I…

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