This picture was created for the Not For Sale contest, [link]
, which is aimed at educating people in hopes that they will be able to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. The theme of this photograph is Who the Victims Are
The facts are from either [link]
both are sites that are trying to make a positive difference in the world. Keep in mind that there are multiple sites and organizations fighting against human trafficking that I have not mentioned.
UPDATE: this piece won the best in photography!!!!
27 million people are enslaved today. When most people think of slavery, they think of someone contained by chains, shackles, ropes, and other devices that are used to physically keep someone captive. If someone were to see a person being treated this way, many would jump to their rescue. Of course such scenarios exist where our eyes can physically see that a person is being held captive; however, believe it or not, the most frequent practice is to use less obvious techniques to keep someone captive.
Less obvious techniques include:
-Isolation from the public, family members, religious and ethnic groups
-Confiscation of identification documents
-Use of threats/violence on victims and/or their family
-Threatening to shame victims
-Informing victims they will be imprisoned or deported for immigration violations
-Controlling the victims money
A victim could literally be anyone. Most people are aware that some victims of human trafficking are forced into the prostitution or the sex entertainment industry. However, trafficking also occurs in forms of labor exploitation, such as domestic servitude, restaurant work, janitorial work, sweatshop factory work and migrant agricultural work.
Why is fighting against human trafficking so hard? Well, most of the time, we cant just look at a persons face and definitely say whether or not they are a victim. In fact, more often than not, victims of human trafficking cant be recognized by the human eye alone. People dont have a magic bar code on them which the world can scan and definitively tell whether or not they have been a victim. A victim could literally be anyone.
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