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I Am 'Not' A Toy... by Lolaa-S I Am 'Not' A Toy... by Lolaa-S
Close your eyes for a short moment and ask yourself what human trafficking means to you.
Go on, do it, it won't last long...

When you think about human trafficking, a lot of examples can come to your mind.
The term 'human' has no gender or age, it can be a man, a woman, a grown-up or a child.
... and the term 'trafficking' can represent much more than what you would think at first.

Human trafficking is our modern-day slavery.
I used the word' our' on purpose, because we've all faced it at least once. Saw it with our own eyes, heard it from our relatives or neighbours, read it in the newspapers, shocked because it was in our country, in our department, in our town... in our street.

Men forced to work in a country which they thought would be their promised land, their documents stolen by unscrupulous boatmen.
Women forced to be sex slaves in the street.
People abducted and left for dead in decaying alleys, one of their organs stolen.
Children abused by their relatives, by their own parents...

I sometimes go to a very big shopping center at weekends, and every time I see children begging for money at a specific traffic light. They are never older than 7, maybe 8... No grown-up around, only them, just standing, and going from car to car, hoping for people to open their windows and give them some change.
The last time I saw this was the worst of them all... the little boy pressed himself against the window, his little hands begging me, and his eyes so... empty. It was damn scary.
Oh, and I'm not living in the Third World. My country isn't dying from poverty. I live in France, for God's sake!

The only question which remains in my head is still unanswered... although you could read the beginning of an answer by following the link at the bottom of this text.

How can we stop this?


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This picture was made for the Not For Sale contest.

I learnt about it two days ago and really wanted to give it a try, not for the prizes themselves (although premium subscriptions always sound good to my ears :) ) but for the cause.
I wanted to spread the word, even to a few people, and to be an indirect donator, too, because $1.25 is donated for each entry in the contest. The deadline being just today, March 31st, I had to work pretty fast.
You can read about the Journal Entry by clicking this link.

I chose to illustrate these children, who are used as beggars by their relatives.
How can they grow up in such a world, where they are used as toys?

When doing some research on the internet, to have some food for my thoughts (if ever I needed it), I found a simple and interesting answer to the question Should I give money to child beggars?.

Now if you're still like me, feeling helpless and asking yourselves how you can be a grain of sand helping to build a mountain, you can read this article on the Not For Sale website, Will you join me in the fight to end human trafficking?

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SPECIAL EDIT : This picture GOT A HONOURABLE MENTION IN THE CONTEST, YAY!!!
It was a really surprising pleasure to get some recongition for this work when so many media were allowed. Thank you for everyone who believed in me, and voted for me, and... well, I'm happy!!! :iconifeelfluffyplz:
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ReenaCat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I got the same experience too.
But the child I met, is a girl.
Her eyes....
is going to haunt in my mind forever.
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ReenaCat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Its been more than two years now. I still can't forgot her eyes.
But that how I began to aware about this trafficking human issue.

Btw,
I really love this artwork. From the moment I saw it first, Its really remind me of the day, especially that eyes.
This work need more lot of love :heart:
I hope that more people will aware of this serious matter.
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ammietia Featured By Owner May 25, 2011   Writer
I love it, and I love the fact that you're spreading awareness about human trafficking.
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JulietsPuppY Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel, there are also kids like that in our country, it pains me to see them, they were washing car windows for a living. Sometimes I feel guilty cause I can't give them money.
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izzmarit Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
:clap:Congratulations!

As a humble prize from me, you have been featured in [link]


Keep up the great work!
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Thank you very much for the feature, the Honourable Mention was a very nice surprise for me, I feel so honoured!! :blush:

:rose:
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izzmarit Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Definetely well deserved! :hug:
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KneelingGlory Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
:iconcheerplz: Congratulations! :iconcheerplz:

You've placed in the Not For Sale contest! See this article for all the information! Thanks for your help raising awareness about human trafficking.

:heart:
Lili
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Thank you very much :blush:

I'm really proud and glad to have a Honourable Mention, it means a lot to me :woohoo:

:rose:
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Avia-Sunanda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
WOooPZzzz i had my CAPLOCK on:rofl:hahaahahahahahahahahahah i am not shouting or yelling at yaaaaaa:rofl:
Ooooow and this icon meens CUTE>>:iconhurrplz:
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Yeah it does the same to me often, I begin typing and then I go all whoooooopsie! :blush: :rofl:

Well the day you begin yelling at me, I'll kick your sweet ass, what do you think?!! ;)
I love this BJD too, and it's a real pleasure to pose :love:

Thank youuuuuu :tighthug:
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Avia-Sunanda Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
I luvvv the dolly artist around here on Deviant,they are handmade dolly`s,and they are making sSUper cooooL photographs with them.
When i was on BLingee a long time ago,i have collected more then 1000 Dolly pica`s.
I LUVvvvv dolly`s!!!all kind of Dolly`s,Pullip,BJD,DOD.........:iconbummiesplz:
Big HUGXxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx:tighthug:
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Same for me, I collected a few dozens (hundreds? :D ) of BJD pictures already, and I have this secret dream of having a real one someday... if ever the prices were not so high!! :faint:
I totally love DOD too, I have a huge crush for androgynous looks!

... there's also a part of me who likes reborn babies dolls, some of them are so cute they'd almost make me want another child! :rofl: (I said almost, but I'm not completely crazy!! :rofl: :rofl:)

I didn't know Pullips, at least not by their names, I fell in love too, oh my!! :love:

Let's unite together in the love of dollies!! :glomp: :hug: :iconbummiesplz:

:rose:
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Avia-Sunanda Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Woooow another connection that we have the same,dollyfreaks yeah yeah yeah:woohoo:
And yeah the Pullip is freakin`cute with their big heads:rofl:
Here is the link to my BLingeesite [link] ,so you can see my Dollblings.
HEEYyy and before i discovered DAZ3D,i was doing bling like a blingfreakjunky,and collected some 3D arts from people who are my friends now,hahahahahaha thats toooo funny!!!
I didn`t openend my profile for a long time,and suddenly i doscovered that i stole 3d art,hahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahaha OMG:iconomg1plz:
Blingee is boring,the dissed my art,cause when i first started 3d,i`ve made a nude-freak(yeah a little wicked and dark)and i put that one in the competition,it was not aloud,so they blocked my ART......i don`t have to tellya what happend then?:rofl:
I was gone from BLingee forever!!!:sprint:
When i have no fun,i run:sprint:whaaaaahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahha
Okayyyyy Dollie-sitah big fat hugxxXXXXXxxxxxxxx:iconhienaglomp::icongaby97:
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
What a Blingee story! :rofl:
I understand that when something is not fun anymore, you just want to run away. Stand for your principles, sweetie! ;)

Well you've confessed your stealing past now, you're forgiven. It's not always easy to understand that there are some 'rules' to follow, copyrights and Creative Commons licence, blah blah blah...
In fact I read not so long ago that, legally speaking, Poser artists may not even have the right to post their art with a copyright since what we use is already copyrighted by the creators themselves.
Well, anyway, it's always better to see whether the artist allows some use of their art or not, let's be polite! :floating:

You know what? I'm sure that tonight I'll dream of dolls... Too bad my birthday was in February, because they would make a wonderful present :D

:glomp: :glomp:
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Avia-Sunanda Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
:rofl:yeah what a story,hahahahahahaha
Thats just me:sprint:when it`s no fun for me anymore:rofl:
And yuPp i have my principles,i think every artist in every kinda art has their own skills,and people have to respect that.
But heeey it was just BLingee,i am glad to be a 3D-Dazzie junky now:rofl:
And yeah wooopzzzz i didn`t knew it back then,that it was really a problem,but now i am into the progress myself,i see it`s not aloud.
But heeey i am a free person who wants to share everything,so if people like to use my art for their own hobby`s or something,it`s okay with me.
i am happyyyyy if people likes it and use it:rofl:
i am not da kinda person who keeps everything for her self you know.
i am a open person,tooo much sometimes,but heeey i feel happy with it,so who cares:rofl:
And heeej if everything is copyright,who wants to buy stuff from that people?
Noooo it`s wrong,thats my opinion,cause ART is for openminded people who wants to share it to the world.
Okaytyyyy if you want to make money with it,and work your ass out to get money,EEEyyyy it`s no fun at all,I THINK,but who am i?:rofl:
I am just a epicure kins freak,whaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

HEEyyyy and?...... did you had sweet dolly dreamZZzzzzz?hahahahaha you are cute!!!
Big fat hugXXxxxxxxxx back hon:iconhienaglomp::iconbigheartplz:
Oooow and if my english is a little fucked up now,i am drinking my beers:rofl:hahahahahaahahahahahahahahahhaahahhaahahah
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Avia-Sunanda Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
iiiiiieuwWiiiiiie;ICONHURRPLZ:I LUVVVVVV THAT bjd DOLLYYYYYYYY:iconbigheartplz:
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
There are days when I'd say you're virtually drunk, sweetie, mwahahaHAHAhahaaaaaaaa!!!!! :rofl: :rofl:
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Avia-Sunanda Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Yeah my screen and pc makes my head goes twisting and going freakin`crazyyy sometimes,like a brainwash,wiiiiiehOOOOoooow:iconleleleplz:hahahahaahahahahahhahaha
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Ariel-X Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A fascinating image about a very serious topic. It feels strange to live a world where inhuman acts are committed in the shadows. Great image and a strong message
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
You're so right, yes, inhuman acts are committed just next to us, when and where we don't look.
Trying to raise awareness is already a tiny little act in itself, but it may help a bit, at least I hope so.

Thank you for your words! :)

:rose:
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mixity2 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Il y a de la tristesse, de la violence et de l'exploitation partout sur bette terre. Sur mon site photo, j'ai vu de ces images dans la vraie "vie". C,est d'une tristesse incroyable!!!!!
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
C'est effectivement d'une très grande tristesse... et quelque part j'envie les "innocents" qui n'ont vu ces images qu'en photos ou en pensées... capter leur regard en vrai est un crève-coeur...
Merci de ton passage en tout cas! :hug:

:rose:
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3dstage Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
I am going to change this a little bit. Last night when I saw this image for the first time, I was just about to close it down for the night so only looked for a few minutes at the image.

It is of course a remarkable render, it is 3D right? Cause it could easily be mistaken for a photograph and hope I didn't just embarrass myself.

What I really want to comment on is the social message.

Human trafficking is a huge issue that goes well beyond what most of us may typically think. One example at the forefront of my mind is a major retailer in the US, actually I think they are world wide, who seduce their customers with low priced goods produced in countries abroad by real human beings working in slave like conditions barely making a living wage if at all.

The same company will then turn around and give a tiny portion of their enormous profits to charity to make it appear they are socially responsible. Many people put their heads in the sand and don't care to pay attention to what is really going on.

Of course there are many examples, some worse than others, but they all share the common trait of exploiting real human beings who are just like all of us, living, breathing individuals with feelings and emotions.

It gives me pride to call you my friend because you are the type of people to take the time, energy, and give your creativity to help raise awareness. My hope is that many people will be just like me, see a remarkable image which causes them to stop and read the message. And hopefully follow the link and raise their awareness. More importantly to do something about it.

Everyone has the ability to make a difference. :nod:

Thank you! :heart:
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Awwww, flattering you! OF COURSE this is 3D, and I can't believe you thought it could be a real photograph :D

I had to take care of the lighting here, to give it a touch of realism, and I had to combine a lot of parameters with Indirect Lighting and other spots here or there to accentuate the shadows. I must say that I really like the result :)

Thank you for taking your time to follow the links and to share your thoughts, I like to read that you have the same thoughts than me. We try to help, according to our possibilities ;)

:rose:
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3dstage Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Oh huh, it could have been a photo :nod:

The lighting is superb! The way the soft shadow sits against the wall creates this kind of empty lonely feeling to me. Of course your character's eyes add to that, very emotional with the big eyes that tug at my heart.

I like the way that you did the three different views as well, makes it apparent there is an important story and that the issue is all around.

All kidding and teasing aside, I do enjoy that though ;), but doing something like this just shows me that not only are you fun and amazing, beautiful and sexy, but also just an awesome person :love:
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
... Sometimes I feel I don't want to answer you with words, but only with :heart: and :iconpetplz:
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3dstage Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Awww :huggle: :tighthug: :rose: :love:
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Shinola50 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Well I have been here three times now. Have read the links and I simply did not know what to say. I mean the image of course speaks volumes as well as the presentation, specially knowing you had to work hurriedly. <---is that a word? :shrug:

It breaks my heart to see a child in need or being abused. Takes all I have to walk away knowing they are a victim and there is nothing I can do right then and there to make it go away. :( BUT it is not unlike me to offer them a meal, a hug or even just a little TLC when I can. I want to wrap them up and take them home, run with them. No this is not possible but I want to. :shrug:

I live in a big city, VERY diversified. Lots of homeless, beggars and such. See them daily if I go into the heart of the city. It is my passion to give to others even if it means I am left with little. However, I do not give cash. I give clothes, toys, food and of the like. I also give frivolous things at times because I believe those in need like to have pretty or fun things too. :) And of course we give to many organizations and such. Offer our time at places as well. It is all we can do for now, never seems to be enough but we can pray for them as well. And hope! :(

This image touched a spot in my heart, it invoked feelings I am strong about. It made me cry.

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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I can also have my heart broken by these children begging in the street... I wish I could do more than donate clothes or toys like you, and money to some charities now and then.
But well, seeing what we already do is important too. We're only grains of sand, but the highest mountains are made of them ;)

I am glad that you cried. Oh, in a positive way, of course... I take it as a huge compliment because creating some emotion with an artwork is really priceless. Thank you, my dear little pearl! :hug:

:rose:
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Lynxander Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent concept and execution :)

For me human trafficking is for the most part something I see in the media. Seems distant and like a different world to me. I live in a small town with about 3000 people in the town centre. It's over 100 km to the nearest big city with 50000 people!

I've never seen a child beggar but you see them at shopping centre's often. It can be so different. I've only encountered beggars twice in my entire life. Once in Stockholm and once in Hamburg. Right or wrong, but I gave money both times.
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Hi Peter :)

I will admit that I had the same thoughts than yours... human trafficking was at first, for me, something quite distant, and the only images I had of it were mainly composed of boatpeople. But then, after a few research on the subject, it became more and more vast, and I realized that it was not only much more present in my life than what I thought (even if it does not concern me personally), but also much closer.
... and what seems a different world is, in fact, ours. That's scary! :(

I don't live in a small city, but not in a huge one either... and I've seen hundreds of beggars until today. Like you, I have given money when I had some in my handbag, how can you not help?
One of the moment in my life which made me really proud was a day when I sat down next to an old man in the street and talked with him about his life. I never knew exactly why I did that, and he told me that I looked like a statue of the Virgin Mary... that moment will be with me forever.

I think a lot of us wish to help, but few of us will... not because we don't want, but mostly because we don't know how.
Sometimes I'd like to have more hope in the future...

Thank you for your words :hug:

:rose:
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k-fer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Your idea is great..and especially that you chose to do the child with the body of a toy..and the 3 perspectives :love: congrats on your contest entry.very good one..
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
I chose a doll to represent the child in the street, to enhance the fact that they are dehumanized... and used, and abused...
Thank you very much for your compliments and best wishes... and for the favourites too! :)

:rose:
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KneelingGlory Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Thank you very much for your entry! :heart:

(And you were right - this does fit in digital art. I only wanted to make sure people understood that photo-manips/text art were also included here!)
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Aaaaah, I was so sure that my entry would be accepted when I made the picture, but then, before posting it, I read the rules again and went like "Uh oh, does my entry fit in this contest?"... but that must be because I had just woken up and posting this picture was the first thing done this morning before going to work :)

I am glad it is accepted, and hope people will, if not like it, then at least take it as a good way to open their mind a little more.

Thank you!!

:rose:
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Xanaril Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
The puppet idea is really good and has the potential to cause some thoughts on that matter.
Great image, especially considering the hurry you must have been in because of the deadline :sprint:
Good luck with the contest!
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Well I thought of a puppet because beggar children are used as toys by the ones who force them to ask for money in the street, to show how dehumanized those children can be. As if they were not human beings anymore :(

And you're right, I was in a hurry, I had to find the idea, the props and the time to do it all, I thought my head would explode during the process :)
... But I'm really glad of how it turned out, and even more if it happens that this picture can make some people think about slavery... and condemn it.

Thank you! :hug:

:rose:
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IamUman Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Striking!
Love how you did the different viewpoints.
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Lolaa-S Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
In fact, I had a hard time choosing the point of view here... and I chose not to choose :)
It was also the occasion to place the pictures like they could be seen in a comic, thus telling a story in three images, focusing on the man's point of view and the doll's face to enhance a kind of striking effect.
I'm glad you used that word, by the way :blush:

Thank you for your nice comment, and for the favourite!

:rose:
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