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    On one hand, they [prostitutes] don't struggle because it's simply their life. In Mexico and elsewhere, once they get out of these places [brothels] they have a pretty square life.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: struggle 
     
    It's interesting because the Thai king says there's no prostitution in Thailand, it doesn't exist, so the prostitutes don't pay taxes. They can work other jobs if they want and put away money, maybe leave when they're 40.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: work  job  money  tax 
     
    You can become an alcoholic working in an office in Los Angeles. It's very easy to say because I do this shameful job I take drugs or drink, but the real reason prostitutes take drugs and drink is because prostitution is a party area. It's not about desperation, it's the surroundings.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: job  real  drugs 
     
    Whenever a man enters the realm of prostitutes he's always regarded as a possible customer. If you enter as a woman, you're regarded as somebody who could be in the same place. Being a man brings the perspective of flirtation.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: men  women  perspective 
     
    I don't aestheticize anything. I don't even use lights. The working girls do one thing all day: They make themselves pretty. That's their job and their money. In a way, I had the best makeup artists, hairdressers, and art designers in the world.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: world  girls  job  designer  artist  money 
     
    I think beauty is the splendor of truth, so if the people I portray think they're beautiful, they're beautiful. I don't make them that way.
    — Michael Glawogger
    As a filmmaker I cannot make anything beautiful. I'm Platonic in that sense.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: beautiful 
     
    I've made many documentaries, but prostitution was the hardest in terms of gaining the trust of the people being filmed.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: people  trust 
     
    Prostitution will always exist in every society, so I believe in a fair trade. Open the doors for women to earn their money without having pimps. The worst thing is to criminalize it, because then you open the doors for pimps, criminals, and trading.
    — Michael Glawogger
    A young man in Bangladesh can't even hold hands with a young woman. Without marriage there is no kissing, no holding hands, no going anywhere. So young boys can only go to the brothels for sex before marriage.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: men  women  young  boys  sex  kissing  marriage 
     
    I had to first convince them [prostitutes] that I wasn't a journalist who would yet again put out a notion about them they wouldn't necessarily care for or who would victimize them. You know, journalists come and go. If they come twice, it's a lot. But I come 10 times and hang out with them and share stuff. If you connect with someone just once, that's something. But if you can connect twice, that's something else.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: time  care  shares 
     
    There's always this problem in society where people know they need these places for social peace, but the fundamentalists want to shut them down. Sometimes that's for economic reasons, because they want to build a supermarket there. The imam will hold a prayer and say let's get rid of the girls, but on the other hand they're all going there.
    — Michael Glawogger
    Mostly I take photographs in times of research. Whores' Glory was shot in 30 days, 10 days for each segment, but the research for each part lasted a couple of months.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: time  research 
     
    In the Bengali language, there's not a real word for blow job. They call it "doing the ice cream."
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: language  job  real 
     
    The most important thing is to find people that you enjoy - friends that you enjoy playing music with.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: people  friends  music 
     
    Sometimes the presence of a camera is like opening a door.
    — Michael Glawogger
    La Zona is such a closed area, a dangerous, outlaw area. My time in the Zona was a time outside of society, almost out of the real world. And the girls there had such a sense of irony and sarcasm. They were also really interested in my film. They'd be like, "Thank God we live in Mexico, because our kind of prostitution has a heart. We wouldn't want to sit behind a glass cage or be sold by our own mothers. We have free will."
    — Michael Glawogger
    In Bangladesh a prostitute normally wouldn't even undress for a man. He pays, she pulls up her sari, and he's done in 20 seconds.
    — Michael Glawogger
    tags: men 
     
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