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?
---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?
Full view (2000*1250) available by hitting the Download button 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!!!