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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

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a comics journalist, cultural critic, and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press), Cambodian Grrrl, and Threadbare (Microcosm Publishing). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

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

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a comics journalist, cultural critic, and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press), Cambodian Grrrl, and Threadbare (Microcosm Publishing). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

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.