Cast as 'Barbara' in the English translation of 'La Revolte des Prostituees'

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In 1975 hundreds of French sex workers went on strike and occupied Catholic churches across the country. They were protesting police abuse and government closure of their work places.  Supported by a handful of Catholic priests, the aggrieved sex workers became the centre of a global media storm.

Forty years on, the strike is credited as the spark for present day sex workers rights movements.

Producer Eurydice Aroney takes us to the Church in Lyon, France where it all began. She speaks with those who were there, and with the aid of archives, presents an  “audio excavation” of a unique story.

The voices of the original 1975 strikers and current French sex workers are re–voiced here by Sydney sex workers.

The Sex Workers Revolt was originally broadcast as La Revolte des Prostituees a 50 minute French documentary co-commissioned by Radio Belgium (RTBF) and Radio France (RF) with funding for it's research from the University of Technology Sydney.

Special thanks to Alexis Caraco, Nicole Gooch, Albert Lecoanet, Elena Jeffries, Tom Morton, Thierry Schaffauser and Lillian Mathieu

Original music composed by Stuart Brown.
Interviewee: Father Louis Blanc / Maria de Lourdes
Actor: Julie Bates / Miss Fleur / Safari Lee / Thomas Oriti / Andrew Grifiths / Amelia Marshall / Albert Lecoanet
Sound Engineer: Judy Rapley
Producer: Eurydice Aroney

Listen to the documentary on the ABC Radio National Website