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"Unraveling": Anti-Trafficking NGOs and the Garment Industry

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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2014 0818ld fb"Our Fashion Year" - the year-long comics journalism investigation into connections between the garment trade and the sex trade - finally comes back home in this strip. Looking more closely at recent events, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes find similarities in language used by US-funded international anti-trafficking NGOs and shut-downs that endanger domestic sex workers.  In "Unraveling," the threads that tie anti-human trafficking organizations to the international garment trade finally give way.

For the previous entries in The Ladydrawers' series, see here. You can also check out "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" (with Julia Gfrörer); "Zoned," "Red Tape" and "Outta Sight (Out of Mind)" (with Melissa Mendes); and Ellen Lindner's It's the Money, Honey and Out of the Factories Part 1 and Out of the Factories Part 2 (also with Melissa Gira Grant); and Leela Corman's  "The Grey Area" and "The Somaly Problem." Next month the series wraps up with Corman's final strip before we go on break 'til the new year.

Ladydrawers - Unraveled

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Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes

Cultural critic, award-winning journalist and bestselling comics anthologist Anne Elizabeth Moore was born in Winner, South Dakota. She is the author of Unmarketable (Best Book, Mother Jones), Cambodian Grrrl, Threadbare and others. She is the third winner of the unique Write A House permanent fellowship in Detroit, Michigan. Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes comes out in April. Read more at anneelizabethmoore.com.

Melissa Mendes was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. In 2010, after graduating from the Center for Cartoon Studies, she won a Xeric award to self-publish her book Freddy Stories. Since then, she's worked with Anne on Threadbare and Harvey and Me, published a graphic novel called Lou, and is now working on an epic family saga called The Weight, based on her late grandfather's life. You can see more of her work at mmmendes.com.


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"Unraveling": Anti-Trafficking NGOs and the Garment Industry

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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2014 0818ld fb"Our Fashion Year" - the year-long comics journalism investigation into connections between the garment trade and the sex trade - finally comes back home in this strip. Looking more closely at recent events, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes find similarities in language used by US-funded international anti-trafficking NGOs and shut-downs that endanger domestic sex workers.  In "Unraveling," the threads that tie anti-human trafficking organizations to the international garment trade finally give way.

For the previous entries in The Ladydrawers' series, see here. You can also check out "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" (with Julia Gfrörer); "Zoned," "Red Tape" and "Outta Sight (Out of Mind)" (with Melissa Mendes); and Ellen Lindner's It's the Money, Honey and Out of the Factories Part 1 and Out of the Factories Part 2 (also with Melissa Gira Grant); and Leela Corman's  "The Grey Area" and "The Somaly Problem." Next month the series wraps up with Corman's final strip before we go on break 'til the new year.

Ladydrawers - Unraveled

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes

Cultural critic, award-winning journalist and bestselling comics anthologist Anne Elizabeth Moore was born in Winner, South Dakota. She is the author of Unmarketable (Best Book, Mother Jones), Cambodian Grrrl, Threadbare and others. She is the third winner of the unique Write A House permanent fellowship in Detroit, Michigan. Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes comes out in April. Read more at anneelizabethmoore.com.

Melissa Mendes was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. In 2010, after graduating from the Center for Cartoon Studies, she won a Xeric award to self-publish her book Freddy Stories. Since then, she's worked with Anne on Threadbare and Harvey and Me, published a graphic novel called Lou, and is now working on an epic family saga called The Weight, based on her late grandfather's life. You can see more of her work at mmmendes.com.


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