Why are we undertaking this research?

For the last several years, there has been growing awareness, and increased activity, around the issues of human trafficking and modern slavery.  Because there is no agreed upon definition, estimations of the scale of these problems vary, but the International Labour Organization estimates that there are 2.5 million people in sexual or labour exploitation worldwide…

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Unhidden in Plain Sight

We are excited to announce that ‘Unhidden in Plain Sight‘ will be exhibited in the Sheffield Winter Garden 20-30 September 2018. We previously posted here about our project funded by the Festival of the Mind, to work with photographer Jeremy Abrahams, and anti-trafficking organisations Ashiana, City Hearts and Snowdrop. The project has undergone a name…

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Troubling Anti-Trafficking Imagery

Anti-trafficking imagery is designed to be troubling and arresting. Images used in anti-modern slavery campaigns and communications are hugely dominated by depictions of chains or ropes, or people with exposed flesh and marked skin. Dominant anti-trafficking images too often objectify and victimise the people the organisations using them seek to support. This risks ‘secondary exploitation’…

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The faith modern slavery nexus

There is an urgency of response to an ostensibly growing issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. Faith-based organisations have an increasingly visible role in responses to human trafficking, not just through awareness raising among faith congregations, but also as recipients of statutory and charitable funds to provide services to trafficked persons. Three principal terrains…

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