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Offer: Hottentot Venus - Video about Human Trafficking in 1810

This is is a true story. Saartjie Baartman also known as Hottentot Venus, was an ordinary, curious, 18 year old, who, in 1810, travelled to a foreign country with all the excitement and expectation of any young girl, eager to see the big world, eager to make some money. Her big misfortune was a meeting with a British surgeon, Alexander Dunlop, who befriended her, and used his position as a man of medicine to cover up his real motive, which was to display her as a piece of erotic meat. And to make money out of her. Saartjie tells what went through her mind as she watched the crowds in exhibition halls in Europe gaping at her whilst feeding their erotic fantasies. She talks of her Khoikhoi culture and tells of her innocent hopes and dreams to earn honest money, and of her shame and degradation.

This video can be used to start discussion within training rooms which address human trafficking.
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I have also written Saartjie's story: The book is called HOTTENTOT VENUS - THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL ME. It is an easy-read, well referenced pocket sized book, a good reference work for students of social sciences, women's studies, indigenous cultures, and ethnology. The book shows that society let Saartjie Baartman down down, and ends with a well-referenced bibliography for further reading.


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