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ANNA IN SWITZERLAND — The stig­ma of being a vic­tim of woman traf­fick­ing from Swiss­Dok on Vimeo.





Anna was 19 when she was the vic­tim of traf­fick­ing. Dur­ing sev­er­al months she was forced into pros­ti­tu­tion. But the worst came after that: “To be a vic­tim, and nobody believes that I can still have dreams”.
Humil­i­at­ed and lone­ly, Anna fights for her dreams for 14 years. What does it mean to be stig­ma­tized as a victim?
Anna in Switzer­land tells in two jour­neys the past and the present of this coura­geous woman:
The jour­ney that led Anna to Switzer­land at the time, and which is always sim­i­lar for many vic­tims of traf­fick­ing in women. An inner jour­ney into the speech­less abyss of lone­li­ness and pow­er­less­ness, depict­ed in impres­sive and appeal­ing illus­tra­tions by the Swiss artist Hannes Binder (ani­ma­tions: Daniel Walser, Kowaku).
And the jour­ney today through some of the most beau­ti­ful land­scapes of Switzer­land; Anna arrives here a sec­ond time and tells of the long way back to normality.
Stig­ma­ti­sa­tion as a vic­tim pen­e­trates every rift in life, but after a tough strug­gle Anna regains her human dig­ni­ty. At the end she stands on the sum­mit of a 4000m peak and looks to a future that belongs to her alone.


Anna was born in Jicín in what is now the Czech Repub­lic. Their courage at that time was only six­teen, their father sev­en­teen. Both came from large Slo­vak fam­i­lies with alco­hol and vio­lence prob­lems. The young father was over­whelmed with his role; vio­lence and alco­hol con­tin­ued in the new family.
Nev­er­the­less, the par­ents worked hard for a bet­ter future for their daugh­ter, the father as a brick­lay­er, the moth­er in ser­vice. So Anna could go to a pri­vate school and even take dance lessons. After grad­u­at­ing from high school, she dreamt of becom­ing a social work­er but, under pres­sure from her par­ents, began train­ing as a nurse.
Then a man appears who pos­es as a busi­ness­man from Switzer­land. Anna speaks some Eng­lish and inter­prets for him in Czech. He tells of Switzer­land that she could do an edu­ca­tion there, that every­thing was safer there, that he would help her… Anna falls in love and goes with him. Short­ly before the bor­der he takes her pass­port — the same night Anna is sold for the first time.
Today, four­teen years lat­er, Anna works in a home for autis­tic peo­ple and stud­ies social work at a uni­ver­si­ty of applied sci­ences. Final­ly she can make her dream come true.


Anna in Switzer­land shows a hid­den world that nobody talks about in public.
What hap­pens to a woman who has been the vic­tim of sex­u­al vio­lence? How’s she gonna han­dle it? What is she suf­fer­ing most from?
Anna speaks pub­licly about these expe­ri­ences and shares the stir­ring and some­times con­tra­dic­to­ry feel­ings. For the audi­ence this is a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty — for Anna a deci­sion that requires a lot of courage.
Anna has two strong motives for mak­ing this film: with her sto­ry she wants to draw atten­tion to the top­ic and warn poten­tial future vic­tims. But above all, Anna fights for a dif­fer­ent view of vic­tims of sex­u­al vio­lence. For these women are par­tic­u­lar­ly stig­ma­tized and con­front­ed with prej­u­dices, even in a benev­o­lent sense. Anna no longer wants to be per­ceived as a vic­tim and be deter­mined by others.
Anna does­n’t want pity, she wants respect.



Swiss­Dok pro­duces sophis­ti­cat­ed doc­u­men­taries for cin­e­ma and tele­vi­sion in terms of con­tent and form. The con­tra­dic­tions and orig­i­nal­i­ty of the peo­ple, the diver­si­ty and the con­fu­sion of the world are our start­ing point. We pro­duce films with indi­vid­ual hand­writ­ing and tell sto­ries with a sub­jec­tive view.
Our films should sur­prise and inspire a curi­ous audi­ence. We are inter­est­ed in the exis­ten­tial ques­tions of peo­ple and the rid­dles of life. With our films we set out in search of answers, for our audi­ence and ourselves.
The founders of Swiss­Dok GmbH are Chan­tal Mil­lès and Daniel Howald. Before work­ing as a direc­tor and pro­duc­er, Chan­tal Mil­lès grad­u­at­ed in Ger­man lit­er­a­ture, trained as a cul­tur­al man­ag­er (MAS) and direct­ed a film fes­ti­val for sev­er­al years. After com­plet­ing his stud­ies in phi­los­o­phy, lit­er­a­ture and eth­nol­o­gy, Daniel Howald trained as a film­mak­er. He has been a suc­cess­ful writer and direc­tor in Switzer­land for years.