Joanna is delighted
- She has not been so happy in years.
She has got her first job at a theatre in this small town, and the dress rehearsal
was a success.
Tonight she will be dancing on the scene in front of an audience for the very first
This is what she has always dreamed about.
She is hungry from all the excitement, and at the lunch break
she goes out, still in her
costume, looking for a place to get something to eat.
Unlucky for her a policeman sees her!
Stay right there -
Donīt move until I have handcuffed you!"
"Shut up and get into the van -
We donīt want whores in our streets!"
- please listen to me -
Iīam with the show - Iīam a dancer,
This is my costume - Iīam not a whore ..."
"Keep quiet - We have a decent town, and
try hard to keep it that way.
You will be remanded in custody until
the judge gets time for you!"
here floozie -
The judge has just got enough time for you
before his lunch, so we better hurry up!"
Joanna is in despair.
She has spend two days in this filthy cell
only wearing an old sack.
Nobody wants to listen to her, the theatre
has done nothing to help her, and
she has not even been allowed a phone call.
Maybe the judge will hear, what she says?
QUIET GIRL !
I donīt want to waist any time listening to your lies.
I only need one glance at you, to see what you are !
We have a law against prostitutes, and I am quite
content being able to use it against you.
Joanna Lorring - I sentence you to
life inprisonment with hard labour for your crime !
Take her away !"
Joanna has never
felt so disgraced.
If iīam punished for
in public in a provocative dress, is
it then better to let me run all the way to
the prison farm stark naked?
- This is a mistake, let me go."
"You better get used to it girl -
You are here to stay, and
donīt ever try to run away."
what happens if a stupid girl
try to escape, Linda!"
"Yes Master - I tried to hide in a truck, but
luckily a police patrol stopped it just before
the state border, and I was found.
They cut both my Achilles' tendons, so I
now only can walk on my knees.
I am so glad I didnīt get away.
Like you I am property of the farm.
Running away is theft, and I never
wish to do it again."
"Come on -
Move your arse !
You are going to the fields."
sluts - Say hello to Joanna.
She is your new work mate."
down to the other end and start hoeing!"
Much to scared to
do anything than obey,
Joanna begine working.
in the evening a sweaty, dirty and very hungry
Joanna, with her dress already torn, is chained
in a cage for her first night at the farm.
Because it is her first day at the prison farm,
and she has not jet learned to work hard enough,
she gets nothing to eat.
At sunrise work
Many things has to be done.
Even the most heavy work
is done by girls under the
constant threat of been beaten
if they are to slow.
It is necessary, prisoners
and vegetables wear iron gags, to prevent
the starving girls from stealing.
craftsgirls forge new
shackles and repair old ones.
Girls capable enough to get a job
as a skilled worker is better fed, and usually
lives several years longer than the field workers,
even they also all are going to die in captivity.
Layla isnīt that
She was a trainee at a big office.
She canīt use that for anyhting here, and
she is to young and slight to work hard enough.
The sooner she end up in a hole in the garbage dump,
the better, the overseers think.
One prisoner has
survived over 14 years.
Pia is a white woman, but the many years
under the hot sun, beatings and insect bites
have darkened her skin, and her blond hair
is so greased with filth it is earth-coloured.
But she is a very good worker
Pia has found a dead snake.
She can eat anything she find.
This is why, she is still alive.
One months later:
A car with number plates from another state stops
in the main street.
A woman steps out and ask the way to the police station.
The woman is Martha Lorring, Joannaīs big sister.
She is the only one in the family, who knows about Joannaīs passion
for being a show dancer.
Their mother and father are very rich and will be very resentful, if
they found out, their youngest daughter had taken a vacation
from the university to live out her dream.
Martha has become very anxious for what has become of her little
She hasnīt heard from her for a month, and the university begines
again in three days, so
she drive of to find her without telling anybody at home, where she
is going or why.
- We havnīt noticed any girl looking
like the one in the photo !"
The chief of
the local police isnīt very
willing to help and try to dismiss her.
But Martha is not that easy to fool.
"Please look at the
I know she has been her !
Four weeks ago she send me a letter, where
she wrote she finally had got a job as
a dancer at the theatre in this town, and
I havnīt heard a word from her since!"
is a bit to wise and knows to much.
If she ever gets out it will mean trouble."
"Donīt worry - I know how to deal with such ones!"
THUMP THUMP -
"O.K. Crazy bitch - Who knows
about you and your sister being in this town?"
"Only I knew - No not more, it hurts...
"You must be insane comming here
accusing us of kidnapping yoour sister."
"Yes -yes Iīam insane please stop...!"
going to court today.
Because you are dangerous insane,
I must lock this cage on your head, so
you canīt bang your head against the wall or
Suffering from the heavy blows, and
dizzy from not having eaten or drinking
anything for three days, Martha is ready
to say anything, just to get away
from this cellar.
- This obvious insane woman
was taken in our custody three days ago.
Her name is Martha Lorring, she is 28 years old.
She has been telling lies about her little sister,
and has shown a violent behaviour both
against herself and the policemen, who
have taken care of her."
The judge entirely agree,
for both her own and otherīs safety has to be
locked away in the towns mental hospital.
She is immediately put into a straitjacket, and
driven of to her future home.
It is not uncommon
are put to work outside the farm, if
some heavy and dirty work has to be done.
While working by
the road Joanna donīt
know her big sister is passing by right
behind her, on the way to the asylum.
Hospital is a privat institution
owned buy some of the towns most prominent
men including the state governor.
It has a very good reputation, and itīs rich patients
receive the best treatment money can buy.
But the poor and those which are placed here
by the police are treated very different from
the wealthy ones.
Tanja - Today we need one
who still has some teeth left -
You - Blond chick - Come here !"
To make some extra money the staff let
medical students use them for practice.
"I have hosed
her down, so she donīt stink, sir."
"Thank you Joe - Chain her to the couch.
Itīs half an hour until the dental students arrives.
We just got time to give her a treatment with
the bullwhip first !"
Martha is locked
into a flooded basement
cell instantly after her arrival.
If she lie down, she will drown, and she
find it to cold to sit in, so the next days she
has to continue to stand or trip around on her feet,
which gets more and more dissolved by
the cold and dirty water.
Two weeks later
Joanna is marched
into town again.
A sewer pipe has brocken, and the plumber
has asked for a girl to dig it free and empty
it for sewage.
The plumber must
use some time to
repaire the pipe, before Joanna can fill the
trench up again, so she is ordered to pick up
trash and sweep the street, while she wait.
But was is this ?
Joannaīs and Marthaīs parents have
become worried about their daughters, and
they are now headline in the newspapers.
A local citizen looks at Joanna -
She seem to fit the description of
the youngest daughter !!!
What now -
Is this a way out for the two sisters?