Friday, July 06, 2007

Like Cattle

Divia (28, Indian) is a former domestic slave.

Slavery is alive and well, only in more sophisticated forms. Recently England celebrated the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slave trade. An exhibition currently on in England tracks the hard reality of human trafficking and contrary to what people might think, the slave business is flourishing and very well at that. These haunting photographs tell us a great deal and leave out a lot.

The photographs, by Panos photographers Karen Robinson and David Rose, represent a rare and intimate insight into the mechanics of this fastest growing form of modern day slavery and explore the devastating impact it has on people's lives. The exhibition seeks to expose the reality of trafficking in the UK and the action needed to tackle it. The participating agencies are lobbying the UK Government to make good on its recent promise to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings in order to guarantee minimum standards of protection and support for trafficked people.

1 comment:

Tree said...

Here in America, so many live in the fog of the past that they cannot see slavery still exists all around the world.
And this reminds me of what is going on in China, and how we also live in a fog of consumerism and turn a blind eye to how we get so many things so cheaply.