Human Traffic Watch

James Bond in ‘Skyfall’: Hero, Patriot and…Exploiter of Sex Trafficking Victims?

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on November 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Sexual hyper-aggressiveness and putting women in harm’s way are trademarks of the Bond franchise, of course. They’re a big part of why the protagonist is often decried as a misogynist and even a psychopath. None of it has stopped the series from earning more than $5 billion and counting.

But those elements are uniquely problematic when set in the context of a character who’s a victim of ongoing sexual violence and intimidation, say critics.

Tracy Cox, director of communications for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, calls the on-screen sequence “alarming.”

“In the film, a trafficking victim discloses what has happened to her, then is further victimized by the person she confides in,” Cox says. “Society may falsely assume that victims of sexual violence are sexually available when in actuality, the shower scene depicts James Bond abusing his power and authority.”

Source: Forbes

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