Sex Trafficking in Argentina Now and Then

Keepers of Memory in The Impure


  • Daniela Goldfine University of Wisconsin-River Falls



The Impure, Sonia Sánchez, Zwi Migdal


In his 2017 documentary The Impure Daniel Najenson straddles the notions of
past and present to denounce the horrors and the injustice of sex trafficking in
Argentina. Following a family tale of a great-aunt who migrated from Eastern Europe to
South America at the beginning of the twentieth century, he digs deep into Israeli and
Argentine archives to tell the story of the Zwi Migdal and the way Jewish women were
forced into prostitution. To give voice to these women, he brings in Sonia Sánchez,
originally from northern Argentina, and forced into prostitution in Buenos Aires when
she was seventeen years old. Sánchez tells her own story, but also reads letters from the
now deceased victims of sex trade a century ago. This self-professed feminist and
activist is also shown in demonstrations and interviews fueling the NiUnaMenos
movement in Argentina, while the #MeToo and TimesUp movements explode in the


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Goldfine, D. (2020). Sex Trafficking in Argentina Now and Then: Keepers of Memory in The Impure . Arquivo Maaravi: Revista Digital De Estudos Judaicos Da UFMG, 14(27), 33–50.