Sex worker film is widely available even despite being banned

Sex worker film is widely available even despite being banned

‘Much Loved’ film about prostitution in Morocco hit the nation in its Achilles heel. That risqué movie was banned but in spite of that millions viewed a leaked footage online…

‘Much Loved’ film about prostitution in Morocco hit the nation in its Achilles heel. That risqué movie was banned but in spite of that millions viewed a leaked footage online.

Despite being fictional, that story about four prostitutes in Marrakech shows the reality of Moroccan sex workers, portrays their life and daily routine. However, the majority of Moroccans became irritated not because the hardships faced by the prostitutes in the film, but the extreme nudity and vulgar language, which were shown in it.

Numerous Facebook pages were created to prevent people from seeing that movie and to achieve its legal prohibition. After its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last month, ‘Much Loved’ directed by French-Moroccan Nabil Ayouch was banned by the Minister of Communication. He stated that the film damaged the image of Morocco together with moral values and dignity of its female residents.

However, not just conservative Moroccans were against ‘Much Loved’, there were also a lot of moderates and liberals, especially women, upset by the picture. One woman wrote in a Facebook post that the prostitution in Morocco can’t be denied, but it didn’t mean that the problem should sound as such huge.

To be true, ‘Much Loved’ shows a severe reality of life in Morocco, which is well-known as destination for sex tourists. Of course a lot of people want that film to be banned in order to avoid airing dirty laundry in public. However, despite the prohibition, numerous clips and copies of it can be found in the internet together with the raw footage unseen in the official version.

There was one scene in the film, showing Moroccan prostitutes dancing provocatively around two Saudi men. Then one woman says:

I’m a Moroccan woman and I love the Saudi riyal and adore the dollar

Approximately 19,000 females work in a Morocco sex business, but the majority, around 96%, of their clients appeared to be the local men, not the tourists.

Moroccan blogger and activist Mariam El Maslouhi stated that to her mind Moroccans reacted too strictly towards the film and that she didn’t support the ban:

Westerners and French Moroccans loved the film because it gave them a window into a forbidden world, but for people who live in Morocco this is a story we know well and the film didn’t offer anything new.
In this issue of course I stand by Ayouch. We can’t always just do nice films about Morocco

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